- not phonated; unvoiced; voiceless.
- utilizing the breath exclusively in the production of a speech sound.
Origin of breathed
- to take air, oxygen, etc., into the lungs and expel it; inhale and exhale; respire.
- (in speech) to control the outgoing breath in producing voice and speech sounds.
- to pause, as for breath; take rest: How about giving me a chance to breathe?
- to move gently or blow lightly, as air.
- to live; exist: Hardly a man breathes who has not known great sorrow.
- to be redolent of.
- (of a material) to allow air and moisture to pass through easily: The jacket is comfortable because the fabric breathes.
- (of the skin) to absorb oxygen and give off perspiration.
- (of a wine) to be exposed to air after being uncorked, in order to develop flavor and bouquet.
- to inhale and exhale in respiration.
- to exhale: Dragons breathe fire.
- to inject as if by breathing; infuse: She breathed life into the party.
- to give utterance to; whisper.
- to express; manifest.
- to allow to rest or recover breath: to breathe a horse.
- to deprive of breath; tire; exhaust.
- to cause to pant; exercise.
- breathe down someone's neck,
- to be close to someone in pursuit; menace; threaten: Police from four states were breathing down his neck.
- to watch someone closely so as to supervise or control: If everyone keeps breathing down my neck, how can I get my work done?
- breathe freely, to have relief from anxiety, tension, or pressure: Now that the crisis was over, he could breathe freely.Also breathe easily, breathe easy.
- breathe one's last, to die: He breathed his last and was buried in the churchyard.
- not breathe a word/syllable, to maintain secrecy; keep a matter confidential: I'll tell you if you promise not to breathe a word.
Origin of breathe
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Examples from the Web for breathed
But he breathed vibrant, hilarious, oh-so-fabulous life into the classic 1996 remake.Out of the Birdcage: How Mike Nichols Made Gay Culture Mainstream
November 20, 2014
Outside of the absurdity of “blood splatter” flying through the air is the implication that Ebola can be “breathed” at all.The Sham, Scaremongering Guide to Ebola
November 20, 2014
I breathed sloppily through my mouth, hung my head between my legs, and spit every so often.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
You'd put a scarf across your nose and mouth and when you breathed through it, it would get all white with frost.Gordie Howe Hockey’s Greatest War Horse
May 31, 2014
Every time he breathed, he felt pains all through his torso—fractured ribs.The Cost: What Stop and Frisk Does to a Young Man’s Soul
May 21, 2014
I breathed freely, and my form seemed to expand itself with buoyant life.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
At the top she breathed a moment and then knocked at a door before her.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He had breathed into the atmosphere a subtle malaria, and George had caught the disease.Life in London
His teeth were set, and he breathed hard, as would a man engaged in a struggle.In the Midst of Alarms
She had taken the bouquet of violets and breathed the perfume to cool her feverishness.The Dream
- phonetics relating to or denoting a speech sound for whose articulation the vocal cords are not made to vibrateCompare voiced
- to take in oxygen from (the surrounding medium, esp air) and give out carbon dioxide; respire
- (intr) to exist; be aliveevery animal that breathes on earth
- (intr) to rest to regain breath, composure, etcstop your questions, and give me a chance to breathe
- (intr) (esp of air) to blow lightlythe wind breathed through the trees
- (intr) machinery
- to take in air, esp for combustionthe engine breathes through this air filter
- to equalize the pressure within a container, chamber, etc, with atmospheric pressurethe crankcase breathes through this duct
- (tr) phonetics to articulate (a speech sound) without vibration of the vocal cordsCompare voice (def. 19)
- to exhale or emitthe dragon breathed fire
- (tr) to impart; instilto breathe confidence into the actors
- (tr) to speak softly; whisperto breathe words of love
- (tr) to permit to restto breathe a horse
- (intr) (of a material) to allow air to pass through so that perspiration can evaporate
- breathe again, breathe freely or breathe easily to feel reliefI could breathe again after passing the exam
- breathe down someone's neck to stay close to someone, esp to oversee what they are doingthe cops are breathing down my neck
- breathe one's last to die or be finished or defeated
Word Origin and History for breathed
c.1300, not in Old English, but it retains the original Old English vowel of its source word, breath. Related: Breathed; breathing.