Breathe

Breathe

, v. t. 1. To inhale and exhale in the process of respiration; to respire.
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To view the light of heaven, and breathe the vital air.
Dryden.
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2. To inject by breathing; to infuse; -- with into.
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Able to breathe life into a stone.
Shak.
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And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.
Gen. ii. 7.
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3. To emit or utter by the breath; to utter softly; to whisper; as, to breathe a vow.
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He softly breathed thy name.
Dryden.
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Or let the church, our mother, breathe her curse,
A mother's curse, on her revolting son.
Shak.
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4. To exhale; to emit, as breath; as, the flowers breathe odors or perfumes.
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5. To express; to manifest; to give forth.
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Others articles breathe the same severe spirit.
Milner.
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6. To act upon by the breath; to cause to sound by breathing. "They breathe the flute." Prior.
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7. To promote free respiration in; to exercise.
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And every man should beat thee. I think thou wast created for men to breathe themselves upon thee.
Shak.
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8. To suffer to take breath, or recover the natural breathing; to rest; as, to breathe a horse.
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A moment breathed his panting steed.
Sir W. Scott.
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9. To put out of breath; to exhaust.
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Mr. Tulkinghorn arrives in his turret room, a little breathed by the journey up.
Dickens.
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10. (Phonetics) To utter without vocality, as the nonvocal consonants.
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The same sound may be pronounces either breathed, voiced, or whispered.
H. Sweet.
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Breathed elements, being already voiceless, remain unchanged [in whispering].
H. Sweet.
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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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