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English definition of “gasp”

gasp

verb [I]     /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.Sounds made by humans with their mouthsBreathing and stopping breathing 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 .
(Definition of gasp verb from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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