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Meaning of “breath” in the English Dictionary

"breath" in British English

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breathnoun

uk   us   /breθ/
B1 [U] the ​air that goes into and out of ​yourlungs: 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 ​breathecomfortably because of ​tiredness or ​excitement).catch your breath ( also get your breath (back)) C1 to ​pause or ​rest for a ​shorttime until you can ​breathecomfortably or ​regularly again: I had to ​stoprunning to ​catch my breath.draw breath to ​breathe: Without ​pausing to draw breath she told me everything. to ​pause for a ​shorttime between doing one thing and the next: Give me a ​minute to ​draw breath, won't you?hold your breath B2 to ​keepair in ​yourlungs and not ​release it so that you need more: How ​long can you ​holdyour breath under ​water? C2 to ​wait for something to ​happen, often ​feelinganxious: Fans ​heldtheir breath ​waiting for the ​finalwhistle. [C] a ​singleaction of ​breathingair into ​yourlungstake a breath B2 to ​breatheair into ​yourlungs (as a ​singleaction): The ​doctor told me to take a deep breath (= ​breathe in a lot of ​air).a breath of air the ​smallestamount of ​wind: There wasn't a breath of ​air in the ​room. a ​shortperiod of ​timespentoutside: 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 ​yourlungs: [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 (= ​delayedreleasing the ​air in his ​lungs).
(Definition of breath from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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