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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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