• To draw air into (inhale), and expel air from (exhale), the lungs in order to extract oxygen and excrete waste gases.
  • To take in needed gases and expel waste gases in a similar way.
  • To inhale (a gas) to sustain life.
  • To live.
  • To draw something into the lungs.
  • To expel air from the lungs, exhale.
  • To exhale or expel (something) in the manner of breath.
  • To give an impression of, to exude.
  • To whisper quietly.
  • To pass like breath; noiselessly or gently; to emanate; to blow gently.
  • To inspire (scripture).
  • To exchange gases with the environment.
  • To rest; to stop and catch one's breath.
  • To stop, to give an opportunity to catch its breath.
  • To exercise; to tire by brisk exercise.
  • To passionately devote much of one's life to (an activity, etc.).


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  • From Middle English brethen, derived from Middle English breth. Eclipsed Middle English ethien and orðiæn, from Old English ēþian and orþian; as well as Middle English anden, onden, from Old Norse anda. More at breath.

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