- The definition of breathe means to inhale and exhale air, or to be exposed to air in order to reach full flavor and aroma.
- An example of breathe is what people do all the time every day as part of their respiration.
- An example of breathe is to expose wine to air before serving to enhance its flavor.
A woman breathes steam from a bowl.
breathe definition by Webster's New World
- to take (air) into the lungs and let it out again; inhale and exhale, esp. easily and naturally
- to inhale (in full, ) or exhale (in full, )
- to carry on respiration (sense )
- to live
- Old Poet. to give out (an odor)
- to give out or instill as if by breathing: to breathe confidence
- Old Poet. to blow softly
- to speak or sing softly; whisper; murmur
- to give or take time to breathe; rest: to breathe a horse
- to pant or cause to pant, as from exertion
- to react with the air after being opened or decanted and thus develop further in flavor and bouquet: said of wine
- to allow the passage of air, water, vapor, etc. through or as through pores: said of fabrics
Origin: Middle English brethen ; from breth, breath
- breathable adjective
breathe definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb breathed breathed, breath·ing, breathes verb, intransitive
- To inhale and exhale air, especially when naturally and freely.
- To be alive; live: A nicer person has never breathed.
- To pause to rest or regain breath: Give me a moment to breathe.
- To move or blow gently, as air.
- To allow air to pass through: a natural fabric that breathes.
- To be exhaled or emanated, as a fragrance.
- To be manifested or suggested, as an idea or feeling: A sense of calm breathed from the landscape.
- To reach fullness of flavor and aroma through exposure to air. Used chiefly of wine.
- To require air in the combustion process. Used of an internal-combustion engine.
- To inhale and exhale (air, for example) during respiration.
- To inhale (an aroma, for example): breathe the lush scent of lilacs.
- To impart as if by breathing; instill: an artist who knows how to breathe life into a portrait.
- To exhale (something); emit.
- To utter, especially quietly: Don't breathe a word of this.
- To make apparent or manifest; suggest: Their manner breathed self-satisfaction.
- To allow (a person or animal) to rest or regain breath.
- Linguistics To utter with a voiceless exhalation of air.
- To draw in (air) for the combustion process. Used of an internal-combustion engine.
Origin: Middle English brethen, from breth, breath; see breath.Our Living Language The euphemistic expression breathe one's last illustrates a widespread linguistic and cultural phenomenon known as taboo avoidance. There are certain concepts that few people like to talk or think about, and death is certainly one of them. Such concepts are often expressed linguistically by the invention of circumlocutions or other substitutions for the word that expresses the concept directly (in this case, the verb to die), probably as a way of minimizing the power of the basic word for the concept. It is interesting to compare how two different styles of language, formal and slang, avoid saying “die.” More formal or elevated speech is full of euphemistic expressions such as breathe one's last, pass away, depart, expire, go to one's eternal reward, go the way of all flesh, and go to a better place. Many of these expressions try to cast death in a positive light, often with religious overtones. Speakers of slang are just as interested in avoiding the word die, partly for the same taboo-avoidance reasons and partly because of the general striving on the part of slang speakers to come up with novel expressions for old concepts. The result is a raft of irreverent expressions that are much more direct than the elevated ones—but not so direct as to actually say “die.” These expressions often concentrate on a particular physical aspect of dying, lending them an unusually vivid quality: croak, go belly up, kick the bucket, cash in one's chips, bite the dust, eat it, crap out.
breathe - Phrases/Idioms
breathe a word
breathe one's last
breathe down (someone's) neck
- To threaten by proximity, especially by pursuing closely.
- To watch or monitor closely, often annoyingly: The boss was breathing down my neck all morning.
breathe (one's) last