Definition of Breathe

v. i.1.To respire; to inhale and exhale air; hence;, to live.
Breathes there a man with soul so dead
Who never to himself hath said,
This is my own, my native land!
- Sir W. Scott [The Lay of the Last Minstrel].
2.To take breath; to rest from action.
Well! breathe awhile, and then to it again!
- Shak.
3.To pass like breath; noiselessly or gently; to exhale; to emanate; to blow gently.
The air breathes upon us here most sweetly.
- Shak.
There breathes a living fragrance from the shore.
- Byron.
v. t.1.To inhale and exhale in the process of respiration; to respire.
To view the light of heaven, and breathe the vital air.
- Dryden.
2.To inject by breathing; to infuse; - with into.
Able to breathe life into a stone.
- Shak.
And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.
- Gen. ii. 7.
3.To emit or utter by the breath; to utter softly; to whisper; as, to breathe a vow.
He softly breathed thy name.
- Dryden.
Or let the church, our mother, breathe her curse,
A mother's curse, on her revolting son.
- Shak.
4.To exhale; to emit, as breath; as, the flowers breathe odors or perfumes.
5.To express; to manifest; to give forth.
Others articles breathe the same severe spirit.
- Milner.
6.To act upon by the breath; to cause to sound by breathing.
7.To promote free respiration in; to exercise.
And every man should beat thee. I think thou wast created for men to breathe themselves upon thee.
- Shak.
8.To suffer to take breath, or recover the natural breathing; to rest; as, to breathe a horse.
A moment breathed his panting steed.
- Sir W. Scott.
9.To put out of breath; to exhaust.
Mr. Tulkinghorn arrives in his turret room, a little breathed by the journey up.
- Dickens.
10.(Phonetics) To utter without vocality, as the nonvocal consonants.
The same sound may be pronounces either breathed, voiced, or whispered.
- H. Sweet.
To breathe again
to take breath; to feel a sense of relief, as from danger, responsibility, or press of business.
To breathe one's last
to die; to expire.
To breathe a vein
to open a vein; to let blood.
- Dryden.

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