breathe Definition

to take air into your lungs and send it out again through your nose or mouth.

Using breathe: Examples

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

  • Example

    She was breathing heavily after running.

  • Example

    The doctor instructed him to breathe deeply.

  • Example

    The air was so polluted that it was difficult to breathe.

  • Example

    He held his breath underwater for as long as he could.

breathe Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for breathe

Phrases with breathe

  • breathe down someone's neck

    to watch someone very closely, especially in order to make sure that they are doing what they should be doing


    I feel like my boss is always breathing down my neck.

  • to feel relieved or relaxed after a period of stress or anxiety


    I can finally breathe easy now that the project is finished.

  • to revive or reinvigorate something that has become stale or uninteresting


    The new CEO breathed new life into the struggling company.


Summary: breathe in Brief

The verb 'breathe' [briːð] refers to the act of inhaling and exhaling air through the nose or mouth. It can be used in a variety of contexts, from physical exertion to relaxation techniques. Phrases like 'breathe easy' and 'breathe new life into something' convey relief and revitalization, respectively.

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