What does breathe mean?

Definitions for breathe

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word breathe.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. breathe, take a breath, respire, suspireverb

    draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs

    "I can breathe better when the air is clean"; "The patient is respiring"

  2. breatheverb

    be alive

    "Every creature that breathes"

  3. breatheverb

    impart as if by breathing

    "He breathed new life into the old house"

  4. breatheverb

    allow the passage of air through

    "Our new synthetic fabric breathes and is perfect for summer wear"

  5. breatheverb

    utter or tell

    "not breathe a word"

  6. breatheverb

    manifest or evince

    "She breathes the Christian spirit"

  7. rest, breathe, catch one's breath, take a breatherverb

    take a short break from one's activities in order to relax

  8. breatheverb

    reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand after having been uncorked

    "This rare Bordeaux must be allowed to breathe for at least 2 hours"

  9. emit, breathe, pass offverb

    expel (gases or odors)


  1. breatheverb

    To repeatedly draw air into, and expel it from, the lungs in order to extract oxygen from it and excrete waste products.

  2. breatheverb

    To exchange gases with the environment.

    Garments made of ****** and similar new materials breathe well and keep the skin relatively dry during exercise.

  3. breatheverb

    To rest; to stop and catch one's breath.

  4. breatheverb

    Figuratively, to be relaxed or calm.

    ...the wind breathes through the trees...

  5. breatheverb

    Figuratively, to live.

    I will not allow it, as long as I still breathe.

  6. breatheverb

    To repeatedly draw (something) into, and expel (that thing) from, the lungs.

    Try not to breathe too much smoke.

  7. breatheverb

    To whisper quietly.

    He breathed the words into her ear, but she understood them all.

  8. Etymology: From brethen, from breth. More at breath.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Breatheverb

    They wish to live,
    Their pains and poverty desire to bear,
    To view the light of heav’n, and breathe the vital air. Dryd.

    They here began to breathe a most delicious kind of æther, and saw all the fields about them covered with a kind of purple light. Tatler, №. 81.

    He breathed into us and the breath of life, a vital active spirit; whose motions, he expects, should own the dignity of its original. Decay of Piety.

    I would be young, be handsome, be belov’d,
    Could I but breathe myself into Adrastus. Dryden.

    She is called, by ancient authours, the tenth muse; and, by Plutarch, is compared to Caius, the son of Vulcan, who breathed out nothing but flame. Spectator, №. 223.

    Thy greyhounds are as swift as breathed stags. William Shakespeare.

    The artful youth proceed to form the quire;
    They breathe the flute, or strike the vocal wire. Matthew Prior.

    His altar breathes
    Ambrosial odours, and ambrosial flow’rs. John Milton, Par. Lost.

    I have tow’rd heaven breath’d a secret vow,
    To live in prayer and contemplation. William Shakespeare, Mer. of Ven.

    The ready cure to cool the raging pain,
    Is underneath the foot to breathe a vein. John Dryden, Virgil.

  2. To Breatheverb

    Etymology: from breath.

    Safe return’d, the race of glory past,
    New to his friends embrace, had breath’d his last. Alexander Pope.

    Let him breathe, between the heav’ns and earth,
    A private man in Athens. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra.

    He presently followed the victory so hot upon the Scots, that he suffered them not to breathe, or gather themselves together again. Edmund Spenser, State of Ireland.

    Three times they breath’d, and three times did they drink,
    Upon agreement. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. i.

    When France had breath’d, after intestine broils,
    And peace and conquest crown’d her foreign toils. Wentworth Dillon.

    Shall I not then be stifled in the vault,
    To whose foul mouth no healthsome air breathes in,
    And there be strangl’d ere my Romeo comes? William Shakespeare.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Breatheverb

    to respire; to inhale and exhale air; hence;, to live

  2. Breatheverb

    to take breath; to rest from action

  3. Breatheverb

    to pass like breath; noiselessly or gently; to exhale; to emanate; to blow gently

  4. Breatheverb

    to inhale and exhale in the process of respiration; to respire

  5. Breatheverb

    to inject by breathing; to infuse; -- with into

  6. Breatheverb

    to emit or utter by the breath; to utter softly; to whisper; as, to breathe a vow

  7. Breatheverb

    to exhale; to emit, as breath; as, the flowers breathe odors or perfumes

  8. Breatheverb

    to express; to manifest; to give forth

  9. Breatheverb

    to act upon by the breath; to cause to sound by breathing

  10. Breatheverb

    to promote free respiration in; to exercise

  11. Breatheverb

    to suffer to take breath, or recover the natural breathing; to rest; as, to breathe a horse

  12. Breatheverb

    to put out of breath; to exhaust

  13. Breatheverb

    to utter without vocality, as the nonvocal consonants


  1. Breathe

    "Breathe" is a song by English electronic duo The Prodigy. It was released in November 1996 as the second single from the album The Fat of the Land. The song became the group's second consecutive number-one on both the Official UK and Finnish Singles Chart. An edited version of the song is featured as the opening track on MuchMusic's Diamond-Certified compilation album, Big Shiny Tunes 2. The song also featured in a 2012 television commercial for Tooheys Extra Dry. The Prodigy performed "Breathe" at the 1997 MTV Video Music Awards, and won the Viewer's Choice Award.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Breathe

    brēth, v.i. to draw in and expel breath or air from the lungs: to take breath, to rest or pause: to live.—v.t. to draw in and expel from the lungs, as air: to infuse: to give out as breath: to utter by the breath or softly, to whisper: to express: to keep in breath, to exercise: to tire by some brisk exercise.—ns. Breath′er, one who breathes or lives: a spell of exercise; Breath′ing, the act of breathing: aspiration, secret prayer: respite.—adj. life-like.—ns. Breath′ing-time, time to breathe or rest; Breath′ing-while, time sufficient for drawing breath: any very short period.—To breathe again, to be relieved from an anxiety; To breathe freely, to be at ease; To breathe upon, to tarnish or soil. [See Breath.]

Editors Contribution

  1. breathe

    To inhale and exhale air to the lungs.

    We breathe constantly every day it's part of life.

    Submitted by MaryC on December 23, 2019  

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British National Corpus

  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'breathe' in Verbs Frequency: #514

Anagrams for breathe »

  1. beareth

  2. herb tea

  3. rebathe

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of breathe in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of breathe in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of breathe in a Sentence

  1. Abraham Hicks:

    Like the air you breathe, abundance in all things is available to you. Your life will simply be as good as you allow it to be.

  2. Mickey Mehta:

    Humans worldwide speak different languages and animals speak the same. Animals remain anonymous and humans after self branding still ask what's in a name. If only we could become more carefree about our identities ensconced in our egos, we would be relaxed and be more dis-ease free. Be carefree and immunize, breathe in liberty & MickeyMize.

  3. Renae A. Sauter:

    Think of the air you breathe as love. Changes everything”

  4. Mickey Mehta:

    When moods go bad, when feelings become sad, when excitement is low, stick it out; don't leave and go. When life gets heavier than Earth and meaningless seems birth, step back and breathe, collect yourself and don't seethe. Remember all gets eventually sorted don't stress out and get knotted. Remember again and again the sun will rise, to bring you love and light to MickeyMize. Share this to start a Wellness Revolution for Human Evolution.

  5. Reina Sarkis:

    Just because we breathe, it's not proof of life.

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