Meaning of “breath” - Learner’s Dictionary


noun us uk /breθ/
AIR [ U ]

B1 the air that comes out of your lungs:

His breath smells of garlic.

B2 the act of breathing air into or out of your lungs:

She took a deep breath before she started.
be out of breath

B2 to be breathing quickly because you have been running, walking fast, etc

catch your breath; get your breath back

to rest for a short time until you can breathe regularly again

under your breath

If you say something under your breath, you say it very quietly so that other people cannot hear it.

hold your breath

B2 to keep air in your lungs and not let it out:

How long can you hold your breath under water?
don't hold your breath humorous

something that you say in order to tell someone that an event is not likely to happen:

He said he'd phone, but don't hold your breath.

(Definition of “breath” from the Cambridge Learner’s Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)