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English definition of “breathe”

breathe

verb uk   /briːð/ us  

breathe verb (AIR)

B1 [I or T] to move air into and out of the lungs: It's so airless in here - I can hardly breathe. The instructor told us to breathe in deeply and then breathe out slowly. I'm sorry if I'm breathing (= blowing out air containing) garlic fumes all over you!

breathe verb (WORDS)

[I, + speech] literary to say something very quietly: "Here they come," he breathed.

breathe verb (WINE)

[I] specialized food & drink If you allow wine to breathe, you open the bottle for a short time before you drink from it, in order to improve the wine's flavour.
(Definition of breathe from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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