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UK [briːð] / US [brɪð] verb
Word forms "breathe":
present tense I/you/we/they breathe he/she/it breathes present participle breathing past tense breathed past participle breathed
1) [intransitive/transitive] to take air into your lungs through your nose or mouth and let it out again

He held her so tightly she could hardly breathe.

We can no longer have confidence in the quality of the air we breathe.

Doctors said he was having difficulty breathing.

breathe deeply/hard/heavily (= take a lot of air into your lungs):

She leant against the door, breathing deeply.

a) [transitive] to bring other substances into your mouth or lungs as you breathe

I don't want to breathe other people's smoke.

b) [intransitive] to blow air from your mouth onto something
breathe on:

She breathed on her glasses then polished them on her shirt.

2) [intransitive] clothes that can breathe are made from cloth with very small holes that allow air in
3) [transitive] literary to say something very quietly
4) [intransitive] if you let wine breathe, you open it a short time before you drink it so that the flavour improves

breathe (easily/freely) again — to relax because you are no longer in a difficult or dangerous situation

We found that file, so you can breathe again.

breathe your last (breath)literary to die

breathe (new) life into something — to provide something with new ideas, new energy etc, so that it improves and is more likely to be successful again

She breathed new life into the political scene.

Phrasal verbs:

English dictionary. 2014.

Look at other dictionaries:

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  • breathe — [ brið ] verb ** 1. ) intransitive or transitive to take air into your lungs through your nose or mouth and let it out again: He held her so tightly she could hardly breathe. We can no longer depend on the quality of the air we breathe. breathe… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Breathe — Breathe, v. t. 1. To inhale and exhale in the process of respiration; to respire. [1913 Webster] To view the light of heaven, and breathe the vital air. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To inject by breathing; to infuse; with into. [1913 Webster] Able… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Breathe — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda «Breathe» Canción de Pink Floyd Álbum The Dark Side of the Moon Publicación 24 de marzo de 1973 …   Wikipedia Español

  • Breathe on Me — Saltar a navegación, búsqueda Breathe on Me Canción de Britney Spears del álbum In the Zone Formato Descarga digital Grabación 2003 …   Wikipedia Español

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  • Breathe — (br[=e][th]), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Breathed} (br[=e][th]d); p. pr. & vb. n. {Breathing}.] [From {Breath}.] [1913 Webster] 1. To respire; to inhale and exhale air; hence;, to live. I am in health, I breathe. Shak. [1913 Webster] Breathes there a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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