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Princeton's WordNet

  1. inhaleverb

    draw deep into the lungs in by breathing

    "Clinton smoked marijuana but never inhaled"

  2. inhale, inspire, breathe inverb

    draw in (air)

    "Inhale deeply"; "inhale the fresh mountain air"; "The patient has trouble inspiring"; "The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well"


  1. inhaleverb

    To draw air into the lungs, through the nose or mouth by action of the diaphragm.

  2. inhaleverb

    To draw air or any form of gas (either in a pure form, or mixed with small particles in form of aerosols/smoke -sometimes stemming from a medicament) into the lungs, through the nose or mouth by action of the diaphragm.

  3. inhaleverb

    To eat very quickly.

    The hungry child inhaled her meal.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Inhaleverb

    To draw in with air; to inspire.

    Etymology: inhalo, Latin.

    Martin was walking forth to inhale the fresh breeze of the evening. Scriblerus Club , Mart. Scrib.

    But from the breezy deep the blest inhale
    The fragrant murmurs of the western gale. Alexander Pope, Odyssey.

    There sits the shepherd on the grassy turf,
    Inhaling healthful the descending sun. James Thomson, Spring.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Inhaleverb

    to breathe or draw into the lungs; to inspire; as, to inhale air; -- opposed to exhale

  2. Etymology: [L. inhalare to breathe upon; pref. in- in + halare to breathe: cf. F. inhaler. Cf. Exhale.]


  1. Inhale

    "Inhale" is a song by American alternative metal band Stone Sour, featured on their 2002 debut album Stone Sour. Released as the third single by the band in July 2003, the song charted at number 18 on the American Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, while reaching number 63 on the UK Singles Chart. The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance at the 2004 ceremony, losing out to Metallica's "St. Anger".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Inhale

    in-hāl′, v.t. to draw in the breath, to draw into the lungs, as air.—adjs. Inhā′lant, Inhā′lent.—ns. Inhalā′tion, the drawing into the lungs, as air, or fumes; Inhal′er. [L. inhalāre, to breathe upon—in, upon, halāre, to breathe.]

Editors Contribution

  1. inhale

    A natural process within the body of an animal or human to cause air to move in through the nose to the lungs.

    When we inhale air moves through our nose to our lungs.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 2, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of inhale in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of inhale in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of inhale in a Sentence

  1. Timothy Tisdale:

    Laugh Hard, Inhale Slowly, Think Often, Love Alway's!

  2. Tarik Benmarhnia:

    Kids inhale way more air than us, and their respiratory system is still being developed, so they're way more vulnerable than adults and it could be a very dangerous situation.

  3. Firefighter Milan Miranda:

    Every fire is a challenge, especially when we lack equipment like breathing apparatus so we inhale smoke and endure the heat, risking our health and lives, but this is the career given to me by God.

  4. Rebecca Robbins:

    I like to think of the breath as a light in your mind's eye that grows when you inhale and gets smaller as you exhale, those tangible strategies where you visualize something and match that to a breath are really powerful.

  5. Sven Eric Jordt:

    Children are especially at risk because tear gas is heavier than air, it is present in higher concentrations closer to the ground, and children, being shorter, are exposed to higher concentrations. Also, since their lungs are smaller, when they inhale tear gas the potential for injury is higher.

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