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English verb: breathe

1. breathe (body) draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs


SamplesI can breathe better when the air is clean.
The patient is respiring.


Synonymsrespire, suspire, take a breath


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something


Narrower (hyponym)breathe in, breathe out, choke, exhale, expire, hiccough, hiccup, hyperventilate, inhale, inspire, respire, saw logs, saw wood, sigh, snore, suspire, wheeze, yawn


Entailbreathe in, breathe out, exhale, expire, inhale, inspire


Verb grouprespire, respire

2. breathe (stative) be alive


SamplesEvery creature that breathes.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)exist, live, subsist, survive

3. breathe (possession) impart as if by breathing


SamplesHe breathed new life into the old house.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something PP


Broader (hypernym)instill, transfuse

4. breathe (stative) allow the passage of air through


SamplesOur new synthetic fabric breathes and is perfect for summer wear.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)be

5. breathe (communication) utter or tell


SamplesNot breathe a word.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)express, give tongue to, utter, verbalise, verbalize

6. breathe (communication) manifest or evince


SamplesShe breathes the Christian spirit.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody


Broader (hypernym)convey

7. breathe (communication) take a short break from one's activities in order to relax


ExamplesSam and Sue breathe


Synonymscatch one's breath, rest, take a breather


Pattern of useSomebody ----s


Broader (hypernym)break, intermit, pause

8. breathe (change) reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand after having been uncorked


SamplesThis rare Bordeaux must be allowed to breathe for at least 2 hours.


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)oxidate, oxidise, oxidize

9. breathe (body) expel (gases or odors)


Synonymsemit, pass off


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something


Broader (hypernym)discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release


Narrower (hyponym)belch, bubble, bubble, burp, emanate, eruct, exhale, force out, give forth, radiate









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