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breath

noun uk   /breθ/ us  
B1 [U] the air that goes into and out of your lungs: Her breath smelled of garlic. She was dizzy and short of breath (= unable to breathe in enough air). He burst into the room, red-faced and out of breath (= unable to breathe comfortably because of tiredness or excitement). catch your breath (UK also get your breath back) C1 to pause or rest for a short time until you can breathe comfortably or regularly again: I had to stop running to catch my breath. draw breath to breathe: Without pausing to draw breath she told me everything. to pause for a short time between doing one thing and the next: Give me a moment to draw breath, won't you? hold your breath B2 to keep air in your lungs and not release it so that you need more: How long can you hold your breath under water? C2 to wait for something to happen, often feeling anxious: Fans held their breath waiting for the final whistle. [C] a single action of breathing air into your lungs take a breath B2 to breathe air into your lungs (as a single action): The doctor told me to take a deep breath (= breathe in a lot of air). a breath of air the smallest amount of wind: There wasn't a breath of air in the room. a short period of time spent outside: I'm just going out for a breath of (fresh) air - I won't be long.
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