What does exhale mean?

Definitions for exhale
ɛksˈheɪl, ɛkˈseɪlex·hale

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. exhale, expire, breathe outverb

    expel air

    "Exhale when you lift the weight"

  2. exhale, give forth, emanateverb

    give out (breath or an odor)

    "The chimney exhales a thick smoke"


  1. exhaleverb

    To expel air from the lungs through the nose or mouth by action of the diaphragm.

  2. exhaleverb

    To pass off in the form of vapour; to emerge.

  3. exhaleverb

    To expel (something) from the lungs by action of the diaphragm.

  4. Etymology: From exhaler, from exhalare, from +.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To EXHALEverb

    Etymology: exhalo, Latin.

    Yon light is not daylight, I know it well:
    It is some meteor that the sun exhales,
    To be to thee this night a torch-bearer. William Shakespeare, Rom. and Jul.

    I flattered myself with hopes that the vapour had been exhaled. William Temple.

    Fear freezes minds; but love, like heat,
    Exhales the soul sublime to seek her native seat. Dryden.

    See, dead Henry’s wounds
    Open their congeal’d mouths, and bleed afresh!
    Blush, blush, thou lump of foul deformity;
    For ’tis thy presence that exhales this blood
    From cold and empty veins, where no blood dwells. William Shakespeare.


  1. exhale

    Exhalation (or expiration) is the flow of the breath out of an organism. In animals, it is the movement of air from the lungs out of the airways, to the external environment during breathing. This happens due to elastic properties of the lungs, as well as the internal intercostal muscles which lower the rib cage and decrease thoracic volume. As the thoracic diaphragm relaxes during exhalation it causes the tissue it has depressed to rise superiorly and put pressure on the lungs to expel the air. During forced exhalation, as when blowing out a candle, expiratory muscles including the abdominal muscles and internal intercostal muscles generate abdominal and thoracic pressure, which forces air out of the lungs. Exhaled air is 4% carbon dioxide, a waste product of cellular respiration during the production of energy, which is stored as ATP. Exhalation has a complementary relationship to inhalation which together make up the respiratory cycle of a breath.


  1. exhale

    Exhale refers to the act of expelling or releasing air or other substances from the lungs or another part of the body, typically as part of the breathing process. This is the process opposite to inhaling, where air is taken into the lungs. It can also metaphorically refer to expressing or releasing emotions or feelings.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Exhaleverb

    to breathe out. Hence: To emit, as vapor; to send out, as an odor; to evaporate; as, the earth exhales vapor; marshes exhale noxious effluvia

  2. Exhaleverb

    to draw out; to cause to be emitted in vapor; as, the sum exhales the moisture of the earth

  3. Exhaleverb

    to rise or be given off, as vapor; to pass off, or vanish

  4. Etymology: [L. exhalare; ex out + halare to breathe; cf.F. exhaler. Cf. Inhale.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Exhale

    egz-hāl′, v.t. to emit or send out as vapour: to evaporate.—v.i. to rise or be given off as vapour.—adjs. Exhal′able, that can be exhaled; Exhal′ant, having the quality of exhaling.—n. Exhalā′tion, act or process of exhaling: evaporation: that which is exhaled: vapour: steam. [Fr. exhaler—L. exhalāreex, out, halāre, -ātum, to breathe.]

  2. Exhale

    egz-hāl′, v.t. to draw out: (Shak.) to cause to flow. [Pfx. ex-, and hale, to draw.]

Editors Contribution

  1. exhale

    A natural process within the body of an animal or human to cause air to move from the lungs out through the mouth.

    To exhale easily is a gift in itself, its a mechanism of our breathing.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 2, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of exhale in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of exhale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of exhale in a Sentence

  1. Robin Davis:

    It wasn't just social media, it was regular( media) as well. What we knew was that -- residents, our black community in particular, basically has been holding their breath for a year on this verdict and barely had an opportunity to exhale before this tragedy, so, it was extremely important we get the information out as soon as we could. To be able to respond as quickly as possible. That's always, always how we want to be able to do this.

  2. The Dutchess '' singer:

    Having success every level of the way, each time it felt like another smile inside of The Dutchess '' singer, and another kind of exhale, like,' wow, I can retire my mom,' and' wow, I can build my dad a house.' Just different things that I can help out with and with the family.

  3. Bill Clinton:

    You’re supposed to shut your eyes, I don’t want to shut my eyes on national television, i can only say, based on my personal experience, that if you’re sitting cross-legged, on the yoga mat, and you’re doing it and you’re really trying to inhale, and hold it and then have a long exhale, it is very relaxing.

  4. Brian Kilmeade:

    I understand our audience, i do hope the show is a little different, I’m trying to bring in new guests and I’m going out of my way to find some common ground with people and understand that people need to exhale and lower the temperature.

  5. Andrea Dworkin:

    By the time we are women, fear is as familiar to us as air. It is our element. We live in it, we inhale it, we exhale it, and most of the time we do not even notice it. Instead of I am afraid, we say, I don't want to, or I don't know how, or I can't.

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