breath Definition

  • 1the air taken into or expelled from the lungs
  • 2a single inhalation or exhalation of air
  • 3the power of breathing; life

Using breath: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "breath" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    She took a deep breath before speaking.

  • Example

    He was gasping for breath after running up the stairs.

  • Example

    The cold air made his breath visible.

  • Example

    She could feel his warm breath on her neck.

breath Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for breath

Phrases with breath

  • catch one's breath

    to stop breathing heavily or rapidly and start breathing normally again, especially after physical exertion or excitement


    After running the marathon, it took him a few minutes to catch his breath.

  • hold one's breath

    to stop breathing for a short period of time, often as a reaction to fear or anticipation


    I held my breath as the acrobat performed the dangerous stunt.

  • take someone's breath away

    to cause someone to feel overwhelmed or amazed, often by something beautiful or impressive


    The view from the top of the mountain took her breath away.

Origins of breath

from Old English 'brǣð'


Summary: breath in Brief

The term 'breath' [breθ] refers to the air taken in or expelled from the lungs, as well as a single inhalation or exhalation of air. It can also denote the power of breathing or life. Phrases like 'catch one's breath' and 'hold one's breath' describe the act of stopping or restarting breathing, while 'take someone's breath away' means to overwhelm or amaze.

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