AskDefine | Define breathe

Dictionary Definition



1 draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs; "I can breathe better when the air is clean"; "The patient is respiring" [syn: take a breath, respire, suspire]
2 be alive; "Every creature that breathes"
3 impart as if by breathing; "He breathed new life into the old house"
4 allow the passage of air through; "Our new synthetic fabric breathes and is perfect for summer wear"
5 utter or tell; "not breathe a word"
6 manifest or evince; "She breathes the Christian spirit"
7 take a short break from one's activities in order to relax [syn: rest, catch one's breath, take a breather]
8 reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand after having been uncorked; "This rare Bordeaux must be allowed to breathe for at least 2 hours"
9 expel (gases or odors) [syn: emit, pass off]

User Contributed Dictionary



See breath.


  • /briːð/, /bri:D/
  • Rhymes: -iːð


  1. To repeatedly draw air into, and expel it from, the lungs in order to extract oxygen from it and excrete waste products.
  2. To exchange gases with the environment.
    Garments made of ****** and similar new materials breathe well and keep the skin relatively dry during exercise.
  3. Figuratively, to be relaxed or calm.
    ...a child's peaceful breathing...
    ...the wind breathes through the trees...
  4. Figuratively, to live.
    I will not allow it, as long as I still breathe.
  5. To repeatedly draw (something) into, and expel (that thing) from, the lungs.
    Try not to breathe too much smoke.
  6. To whisper quietly.
    He breathed the words into her ear, but she understood them all.


to draw air in and out
to exchange gases
  • Finnish: hengittää
  • Polish: oddychać
  • Slovene: dihati
  • Swedish: andas
to be relaxed
(fig) to live
  • Finnish: hengittää, olla hengissä
  • Polish: oddychać swobodnie
  • Slovene: dihati
  • Swedish: andas
to draw sthg into lungs
  • Dutch: inademen
  • Finnish: hengittää
  • German: einatmen
  • Slovene: vdihniti
  • Swedish: andas in
to whisper
  • Dutch: ademen
  • Finnish: kuiskata
  • German: hauchen
  • Slovene: dahniti

Extensive Definition

Breathe may be:
Breathe may also refer to:
  • Breath, the act of inhaling and exhaling
breathe in Danish: Breathe
breathe in Hungarian: Breathe

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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