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gasp

verb [I] uk   /ɡɑːsp/  us   /ɡæsp/
C2 to take a short, quick breath through the mouth, especially because of surprise, pain, or shock: When she saw the money hidden in the box she gasped in surprise. [+ speech] "Help me!" he gasped.C2 to breathe loudly and with difficulty, trying to get more air: He pulled her aboard the boat and she sprawled on the deck, coughing and gasping for breath.
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noun [C] uk   /ɡɑːsp/  us   /ɡæsp/
C2 an act of gasping: He gave a gasp of amazement.
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