Meaning of “breathe” in the English Dictionary

"breathe" in British English

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uk /briːð/ us /briːð/

breathe verb (AIR)

B1 [ I or T ] to move air into and out of the lungs:

It's so airless in here - I can hardly breathe.
The instructor told us to breathe in deeply and then breathe out slowly.
I'm sorry if I'm breathing (= blowing out air containing) garlic fumes all over you!

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

"breathe" in American English

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breatheverb [ I/T ]

us /brið/

to take air into the lungs and let it out again:

[ I ] He was so choked up with emotion that it was hard to breathe.
[ T ] It was great to be outside again and breathe the fresh air.

(Definition of “breathe” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)