Breathe meaning

brēth
To be alive; live.

A nicer person has never breathed.

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To allow air to pass through.

A natural fabric that breathes.

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To reach fullness of flavor and aroma through exposure to air. Used chiefly of wine.
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To be manifested or suggested, as an idea or feeling.

A sense of hope breathes from these poems.

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To impart or instill.

An artist who knows how to breathe life into a portrait.

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To utter, especially quietly.

Don't breathe a word of this.

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To make apparent or manifest; suggest.

Their manner breathed self-satisfaction.

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To allow (a person or animal) to rest or regain breath.
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(linguistics) To utter with a voiceless exhalation of air.
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To be exhaled or emanated, as a fragrance.
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To draw in (air) for combustion.
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To live.
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(old poet.) To give out an odor or aroma.
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(old poet.) To blow softly.
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To speak or sing softly; whisper, murmur, etc.
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To take time to breathe; rest.
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To pant, as from exertion.
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To react with the air after being opened or decanted and thus develop further in flavor and bouquet.
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To allow the passage of air, moisture, etc. through or as through pores.

A cotton fabric that breathes.

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To give out or instill by or as if by breathing.

To breathe a sigh of relief, breathe life into a party.

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(old poet.) To blow softly.
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To speak or sing softly; whisper, murmur, etc.
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To give time to breathe; rest.

To breathe a horse.

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To cause to pant, as from exertion.
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To inhale and exhale air using the lungs.

Use a snorkel to breathe while swimming.

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To inhale air or another gas.

Breathe in slowly.

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To exhale air or another gas.

I breathed on the window and fogged it up.

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To exchange gases as part of respiration or photosynthesis.

Fish breathe with their gills. Stomata allow leaves to breathe.

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To use air in combustion.

Leave space so the fire can breathe; replace the air filter so the engine can breathe.

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(intransitive) To draw air into (inhale), and expel air from (exhale), the lungs in order to extract oxygen and excrete waste gases.
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(intransitive) To take in needed gases and expel waste gases in a similar way.

Fish have gills so they can breathe underwater.

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To use (a gas) to sustain life.

While life as we know it depends on oxygen, scientists have speculated that alien life forms might breathe chlorine or methane.

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(intransitive) Figuratively, to live.

I will not allow it, as long as I still breathe.

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To draw something into the lungs.

Try not to breathe too much smoke.

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(intransitive) To expel air from the lungs, exhale.

If you breathe on a mirror, it will fog up.

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To pass like breath; noiselessly or gently; to emanate; to blow gently.

...the wind breathes through the trees...

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To give an impression of, to exude.

The decor positively breathes classical elegance.

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To whisper quietly.

He breathed the words into her ear, but she understood them all.

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(intransitive) To exchange gases with the environment.

Garments made of certain new materials breathe well and keep the skin relatively dry during exercise.

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(intransitive, now rare) To rest; to stop and catch one's breath.
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To stop to give (a horse) an opportunity to catch its breath.

At higher altitudes you need to breathe your horse more often.

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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.

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To pause to rest or regain breath.

Give me a moment to breathe.

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To move or blow gently.

A soft wind breathes through the pines.

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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.
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breathe easily
  • To be relaxed or relieved, especially after a period of tension.
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breathe (one's) last
  • To die.
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breathe again
  • to have a feeling of relief or reassurance
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breathe a word
  • to say something or anything
    If you breathe a word of this to anyone, you'll regret it.
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breathe one's last
  • to die
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Origin of breathe

  • Middle English brethen from breth breath breath

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English brethen (“to breathe, blow, exhale, odour”), from breth (“breath”). More at breath.

    From Wiktionary