Respire Definition

respired, respires, respiring
respired, respires, respiring
To breathe.
Webster's New World
To breathe freely or easily again, as after exertion or anxiety.
Webster's New World
To carry out the metabolic process of respiration.
Different parts of a plant respire at different rates.
American Heritage Medicine
To breathe or carry on respiration; inhale and exhale air.
Webster's New World
To regain one's spirits, as after a period of exertion or trouble.
American Heritage

(obsolete) Rest, respite.


Origin of Respire

  • Middle English respiren to breathe again from Latin respīrāre re- re- spīrāre to breathe

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

  • From Old French respirer, from Latin respīrō, from re- + spīrō.

    From Wiktionary

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