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breathe / brē[voicedth]/ • v. [intr.] take air into the lungs and then expel it, esp. as a regular physiological process: she was wheezing as she breathed [tr.] we are polluting the air we breathe. ∎  be or seem to be alive because of this: at least I'm still breathing. ∎  [with direct speech] say something with quiet intensity: “We're together at last,” she breathed. ∎  (of an animal or plant) respire or exchange gases: plants breathe through their roots. ∎  (of material or soil) admit or emit air or moisture: let your lawn breathe. ∎  [tr.] allow (a horse) to rest after exertion. PHRASES: breathe down someone's neck follow closely behind someone. ∎  constantly check up on someone. breathe a sigh of relief exhale noisily as a sign of relief (often used hyperbolically): they breathed a great sigh of relief after the election was won.

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breathe

breathebequeath, breathe, enwreathe, Meath, seethe, sheathe, teethe, wreathe

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