- breathe [brēth]vi., vt.breathed, breathing [ME brethen < breth,BREATH]1.a) to take (air) into the lungs and let it out again; inhale and exhale, esp. easily and naturallyb) to inhale (in full, breathe in) or exhale (in full, breathe out)c) to carry on RESPIRATION (sense 2)2. to live3. Old Poet. to give out (an odor)4. to give out or instill as if by breathing [to breathe confidence]5. Old Poet. to blow softly6. to speak or sing softly; whisper; murmur7. to give or take time to breathe; rest [to breathe a horse]8. to pant or cause to pant, as from exertion9. to react with the air after being opened or decanted and thus develop further in flavor and bouquet: said of wine10. to allow the passage of air, water, vapor, etc. through or as through pores: said of fabrics——————breathe againto have a feeling of relief or reassurance——————breathe a wordto say something or anything [if you breathe a word of this to anyone, you'll regret it]——————breathe one's lastto diebreathableadj.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.