breath vs breathe :

breath vs breathe

breath or breathe

Breath is the air expelled from the lungs inspired by the single act of breathing in or out.

"I can't hold my breath for long."

Breathe means to repeatedly draw air and expel from the lungs in order to extract oxygen from it and excrete waste products.

"Keep calm and breathe in and out."

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  • n  the process of taking in and expelling air during breathing
    he took a deep breath and dived into the pool
    he was fighting to his last breath
  • n  the air that is inhaled and exhaled in respiration
    his sour breath offended her
  • n  a short respite
  • n  an indirect suggestion
    not a breath of scandal ever touched her
  • n  a slight movement of the air
    there wasn't a breath of air in the room

  • v  draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
    I can breathe better when the air is clean
  • v  be alive
    Every creature that breathes
  • v  impart as if by breathing
    He breathed new life into the old house
  • v  allow the passage of air through
    Our new synthetic fabric breathes and is perfect for summer wear
  • v  utter or tell
    not breathe a word
  • v  manifest or evince
    She breathes the Christian spirit
  • v  take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
  • v  reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand after having been uncorked
    This rare Bordeaux must be allowed to breathe for at least 2 hours
  • v  expel (gases or odors)
News & Articles

  • Study shows how marine mammals hold their breath
    KRISTEN BUTLER, How do whales hold their breath for an hour? New research explains how marine mammals store oxygen.
    June 14, 2013 - UPI
  • Swimmers honor Coach Mike
    Caden Carver takes a breath during the annual lake swim Wednesday morning. Carver placed first with a time of 1 hour and 12 minutes. The event has been renamed Coach Mike Memorial Lake Swim in honor of the late Mike Taylor, former coach for the Havasu Stingrays.
    June 13, 2013 - Today's News-Herald
  • Fans and players catch breath after Game One thriller
    (Reuters) - Hockey fans were still catching their breath on Thursday after the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Boston Bruins in a Game One triple-overtime Stanley Cup thriller that has already been labeled a classic. Chicago's 4-3 comeback win will long be remembered by anyone who witnessed the pulsating four-hour drama unfold on television or inside a packed United Center. But the Bruins will be ...
    June 13, 2013 - Reuters via Yahoo! Sports