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UK [breθ] / US noun [countable/uncountable]
Word forms "breath":
singular breath plural breaths
Get it right: breath:
Don't confuse breath (a noun) and breathe (a verb).
Breath is pronounced /breθ/ and means "the air that goes in and out of your body through your nose or mouth": I could smell whisky on his breath.
Breathe is pronounced /briːð/ and means "to take air into your lungs through your nose or mouth and let it out again":
Wrong: Without plants, we could scarcely breath.
Right: Without plants, we could scarcely breathe.
Wrong: These children have to breath contaminated air.
Right: These children have to breathe contaminated air.
a) the air that goes in and out of your body through your nose or mouth

He could feel her cool breath on his face.

His breath smelt strongly of alcohol.

b) the act of getting air into your lungs by breathing
take a breath:

She took a long slow breath to calm down.

a deep breath (= a breath that fills your lungs):

Take a deep breath and dive into the water.

a shallow breath (= a breath in which you breathe only a small amount of air):

quick shallow breaths

a breath of air/wind — mainly literary a very small movement of the air

fighting/struggling for breath — almost unable to breathe

He lay there in terrible pain, fighting for breath.

someone's last/final breathliterary the moment when someone dies

She would fight to her last breath to protect her heritage.

See:

English dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • breath — W2S3 [breθ] n [: Old English; Origin: brAth] 1.) a) [U] the air that you send out of your lungs when you breathe ▪ Leo could smell the wine on her breath. ▪ Let your breath out slowly. ▪ He s got bad breath (=breath that smells unpleasant) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • breath — [ breθ ] noun count or uncount *** the air that goes in and out of your body through your nose or mouth: He could feel her warm breath on his face. His breath smelled strongly of alcohol. a. the act of getting air into your lungs by breathing:… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • breath — ► NOUN 1) air taken into or expelled from the lungs. 2) an instance of breathing in or out. 3) a slight movement of air. 4) a sign, hint, or suggestion: he avoided the slightest breath of scandal. ● breath of fresh air Cf. ↑breath of fresh air …   English terms dictionary

  • Breath — (br[e^]th), n. [OE. breth, breeth, AS. br[=ae][eth] odor, scent, breath; cf. OHG. br[=a]dam steam, vapor, breath, G. brodem, and possibly E. {Brawn}, and {Breed}.] 1. The air inhaled and exhaled in respiration; air which, in the process of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • breath — breath; breath·er; breath·i·ness; breath·ing; breath·ing·ly; breath·less; breath·less·ness; Breath·a·ly·zer; breath·able; breath·a·bil·i·ty; breath·less·ly; breath·tak·ing·ly; …   English syllables

  • breath — [breth] n. [ME breth < OE bræth, odor, exhalation < IE base * bher , well up > FERMENT, BARM, BROOD] 1. air taken into the lungs and then let out 2. the act of breathing; respiration 3. the power to breathe easily and naturally [to get… …   English World dictionary

  • Breath — «Breath» Сингл Breaki …   Википедия

  • Breath — Single par Aya Kamiki Face A Breath Face B Mamoritai... Sortie 21 mai 2003 …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Breath — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Breath (exhalación) es un montaje de escenario, escrito por Samuel Beckett, una versión modificada de esta performance fue incluida en el musical de Kenneth Tynan Oh! Calcutta!. Este trabajo fue estrenado en octubre… …   Wikipedia Español

  • breath — [n1] respiration animation, breathing, eupnea, exhalation, expiration, gasp, gulp, inhalation, inspiration, insufflation, pant, wheeze; concept 163 breath [n2] wind or something in the air aroma, faint breeze, flatus, flutter, gust, odor, puff,… …   New thesaurus

  • breath|er — «BREE thuhr», noun. 1. a short stop for breath; rest: »He had stopped for a few minutes breather. SYNONYM(S): respite, pause. 2. a person or thing that breathes: »I will chide no breather in the world but myself against whom I know most faults… …   Useful english dictionary


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