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gaspverb [I]

uk   /ɡɑːsp/  us   /ɡæsp/
C2 to take a ​short, ​quickbreath through the ​mouth, ​especially because of ​surprise, ​pain, or ​shock: When she ​saw the ​moneyhidden in the ​box she gasped insurprise. [+ speech] "Help me!" he gasped.C2 to ​breatheloudly and with ​difficulty, ​trying to get more ​air: He ​pulled her ​aboard the ​boat and she ​sprawled on the ​deck, ​coughing and gasping forbreath.

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gaspnoun [C]

uk   /ɡɑːsp/  us   /ɡæsp/
(Definition of gasp from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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gaspverb [I/T]

 us   /ɡæsp/
to take a ​shortquickbreath through the ​mouth, esp. because of ​surprise, ​pain, or ​shock: [I] When he ​collapsed on ​stage, the ​audience gasped. [T] "Help me!" he gasped.
gasp
noun [C]  us   /ɡæsp/
The ​circusacrobatsdrew gasps from the ​crowd.
(Definition of gasp from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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