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"breath" in British English

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breathnoun

uk   /breθ/  us   /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).
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: I had to stop running to catch my breath.
draw breath
to breathe: Without pausing to draw breath she told me everything.
to pause for a short time between doing one thing and the next: Give me a minute to draw breath, won't you?
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?
C2 to wait for something to happen, often feeling anxious: Fans held their breath waiting for the final whistle.
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).
a breath of air
the smallest amount of wind: There wasn't a breath of air in the room.
a short period of time spent outside: I'm just going out for a breath of (fresh) air - I won't be long.

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(Definition of breath from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"breath" in American English

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breathnoun [C/U]

 us   /breθ/
the air that you take into and let out of your lungs: [C usually sing] She drew/took a deep breath. [U] He seemed a little out of breath (= to be breathing too fast). [C usually sing] As he jumped in the pool, he held his breath (= delayed releasing the air in his lungs).
(Definition of breath from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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