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breathe

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Ideas lose themselves as quickly as quail, and one must wing them the minute they rise out of the grass, or they are gone.
Thomas F. Kennedy
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Etymology

See breath.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to breathe

Third person singular
breathes

Simple past
breathed

Past participle
-

Present participle
breathing

to breathe (third-person singular simple present breathes, present participle breathing, simple past and past participle breathed)
  1. (intransitive) To repeatedly draw air into, and expel it from, the lungs in order to extract oxygen from it and excrete waste products.
  2. (intransitive) To exchange gases with the environment.
    Garments made of ****** and similar new materials breathe well and keep the skin relatively dry during exercise.
  3. (intransitive) Figuratively, to be relaxed or calm.
    ...a child's peaceful breathing...
    ...the wind breathes through the trees...
  4. (intransitive) Figuratively, to live.
    I will not allow it, as long as I still breathe.
  5. (transitive) To repeatedly draw (something) into, and expel (that thing) from, the lungs.
    Try not to breathe too much smoke.
  6. (transitive) To whisper quietly.
    He breathed the words into her ear, but she understood them all.

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