transitive verb-·haled′, -·hal′ing
- to draw (air, vapor, etc.) into the lungs; breathe in
- Informal to consume rapidly or voraciously: to inhale one's dinner
Origin of inhaleClassical Latin inhalare from in-, in + halare, to breathe: see exhale
- to draw air, vapor, etc. into the lungs
- to draw tobacco smoke into the lungs when smoking
verbin·haled, in·hal·ing, in·hales
- To draw (air or smoke, for example) into the lungs by breathing; inspire.
- Informal To consume rapidly or eagerly; devour: inhaled lunch and then rushed off to the meeting.
- To breathe in; inspire.
- To draw smoke into the lungs; puff.
Origin of inhaleLatin inhālāre to breathe upon (meaning influenced by contrast with exhale ) in- in ; see in- 2. hālāre to breathe
(third-person singular simple present inhales, present participle inhaling, simple past and past participle inhaled)
- (intransitive) To draw air into the lungs, through the nose or mouth by action of the diaphragm.
- To draw air or any form of gas (either in a pure form, or mixed with small particles in form of aerosols/smoke -sometimes stemming from a medicament) into the lungs, through the nose or mouth by action of the diaphragm.
- (figuratively) To eat very quickly.
- The hungry child inhaled her meal.
From Latin inhalare (“to breathe on (breathe in)”), from in (“in, into, on”) + halare (“to breathe”).