Translation of "breath" - English-Traditional Chinese dictionary

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breathnoun

uk /breθ/ us /breθ/

B1 [ U ] the air that goes into and out of your lungs

呼吸的空氣;氣息
Her breath smelled of garlic. 她的嘴裡有大蒜味。
She was dizzy and short of breath (= unable to breathe in enough air). 她頭昏眼花,上氣不接下氣。
He burst into the room, red-faced and out of breath (= unable to breathe comfortably because of tiredness or excitement). 他衝進房間,滿臉通紅,氣喘吁吁。
catch your breath also get your breath (back)

C1 to pause or rest for a short time until you can breathe comfortably or regularly again

停下來讓呼吸平緩下來
I had to stop running to catch my breath. 我跑得喘不上氣來,不得不停了下來。
draw breath

to breathe

呼吸
Without pausing to draw breath she told me everything. 她氣也不喘一口就把一切告訴了我。

to pause for a short time between doing one thing and the next

停下來喘口氣
Give me a minute to draw breath, won't you? 讓我歇一會喘口氣,行嗎?
hold your breath

B2 to keep air in your lungs and not release it so that you need more

屏住呼吸
How long can you hold your breath under water? 你能屏住呼吸多長時間?

[ C ] a single action of breathing air into your lungs

吸一下氣
take a breath

B2 to breathe air into your lungs (as a single action)

吸氣
The doctor told me to take a deep breath (= breathe in a lot of air). 醫生讓我做深呼吸。
a breath of air

the smallest amount of wind

一絲微風
There wasn't a breath of air in the room. 房間裡悶得讓人透不過氣來。

a short period of time spent outside

在外面稍微呆一會兒;透氣
I'm just going out for a breath of (fresh) air - I won't be long. 我需要在外面呆一會兒,透透氣。

More examples

  • Her breath reeked of garlic.
  • I heard his breath rasping in his chest.
  • The disease may cause cold sweating, nausea, vomiting and shortness of breath .
  • She paused to get her breath back and then carried on jogging.
  • It's terribly smoky in here - I'm just going out for a breath of fresh air.

(Translation of “breath” from the Cambridge English-Chinese (Traditional) Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)