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English definition of “breath”

breath

noun     /breθ/
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 ).Breathing and stopping breathing 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.Stop having or doing something draw breath to breathe : Without pausing to draw breath she told me everything.Breathing and stopping breathing to pause for a short time between doing one thing and the next: Give me a moment to draw breath, won't you?Stop having or doing something 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 ?Breathing and stopping breathing 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 Breathing and stopping breathing 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 ).Breathing and stopping breathing a breath of air the smallest amount of wind : There wasn't a breath of air in the room .Wind and windsStormy weather a short period of time spent outside : I'm just going out for a breath of ( fresh ) air - I won't be long .From, out and outside
(Definition of breath noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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