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Princeton's WordNet

  1. respireverb

    breathe easily again, as after exertion or anxiety

  2. respireverb

    undergo the biomedical and metabolic processes of respiration by taking up oxygen and producing carbon monoxide

  3. 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"


  1. respirenoun

    Rest, respite.

  2. respireverb

    To breathe in and out.

  3. respireverb

    To engage in the process of respiration.

  4. respireverb

    To recover one's breath or breathe easily following stress.

  5. respireverb

    To inhale and exhale; to breathe.

  6. Etymology: From respirer, from respiro, from re- + spiro.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Respireverb

    Etymology: respiro, Lat. respirer, Fr.

    The ladies gasp’d, and scarcely could respire;
    The breath they drew, no longer air, but fire,
    The fainty knights were scorch’d. Dryden.

    Till breathless both themselves aside retire,
    Where foaming wrath, their cruel tusks they whet,
    And trample th’ earth the whiles they may respire. F. Q.

    I, a pris’ner chain’d, scarce freely draw
    The air imprison’d also, close and damp,
    Unwholesome draught; but here I feel amends,
    The breath of heav’n fresh blowing, pure, and sweet,
    With day-spring born; here leave me to respire. John Milton.

    Hark! he strikes the golden lyre;
    And see! the tortur’d ghosts respire,
    See shady forms advance! Alexander Pope, St. Cecilia.


  1. respire

    To respire is the process of inhaling and exhaling air or gases, allowing for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide within living organisms. This is typically interpreted as breathing, but it can also refer to the biochemical processes involved in cellular respiration.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Respireverb

    to take breath again; hence, to take rest or refreshment

  2. Respireverb

    to breathe; to inhale air into the lungs, and exhale it from them, successively, for the purpose of maintaining the vitality of the blood

  3. Respireverb

    to breathe in and out; to inspire and expire,, as air; to breathe

  4. Respireverb

    to breathe out; to exhale

  5. Etymology: [L. respirare, respiratum; pref. re- re- + spirare to breathe: cf. F. respirer. See Spirit.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Respire

    rē-spīr′, v.i. to breathe again and again: to breathe: to take rest.—v.t. to breathe out—in the higher animals there is an absorption of oxygen and a discharge of carbonic acid, also in plants.—n. Respīrabil′ity, quality of being respirable.—adj. Respīr′able, that may be breathed: fit for respiration.—n. Respīr′ableness; Respirā′tion, the function of breathing: relief from toil.—adjs. Respirā′tional; Respīr′ative.—ns. Res′pirātor, a network of fine wire for respiring or breathing through; Respiratō′rium, a gill-like organ used by certain insects to draw water from the air.—adj. Rēspi′ratory (or res′pi-rā-tō-ri), pertaining to, or serving for, respiration.—ns. Respīr′ing; Respirom′eter, an apparatus for supplying air to a diver under water.—Artificial respiration, respiration induced by artificial means. [Fr.,—L. respirārere-, sig. repetition, spirāre, -ātum, to breathe.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of respire in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of respire in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of respire in a Sentence

  1. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Flower is breathed in its height. (Fleur se respire - Dans sa hauteur.)

  2. Charles de LEUSSE:

    Only at death, our soul breathes. (L'âme ne respire qu'à notre mort)

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