intransitive verb-·haled′, -·hal′ing
- to breathe out
- to be given off or rise into the air as vapor; evaporate
Origin of exhaleFrench exhaler from Classical Latin exhalare from ex-, out + halare, to breathe from Indo-European base an unverified form an- from source Classical Greek anemos, Classical Latin animus
- to breathe out (air, cigarette smoke, etc.)
- to give off (vapor, fumes, etc.)
verbex·haled, ex·hal·ing, ex·hales
- a. To breathe out.b. To emit air or vapor.
- To be given off or emitted.
- To blow (something) forth or breathe (something) out.
- To give off; emit: chimneys exhaling dense smoke.
Origin of exhaleMiddle English exalen from Latin exhālāre ex- ex- hālāre to breathe
(third-person singular simple present exhales, present participle exhaling, simple past and past participle exhaled)
- (intransitive) To expel air from the lungs through the nose or mouth by action of the diaphragm.
- (intransitive) To pass off in the form of vapour; to emerge.
- To expel (something) from the lungs by action of the diaphragm.
- To emit (a vapour, an odour, etc.).
- The earth exhales vapor; marshes exhale noxious effluvia.
- To draw out; to cause to be emitted in vapour.
- The sun exhales the moisture of the earth.