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[in-heyl] /ɪnˈheɪl/
verb (used with object), inhaled, inhaling.
to breathe in; draw in by breathing:
to inhale the polluted air.
verb (used without object), inhaled, inhaling.
to breathe in, especially the smoke of cigarettes, cigars, etc.:
Do you inhale when you smoke?
Origin of inhale
First recorded in 1715-25; in-2 + (ex)hale
Related forms
uninhaled, adjective Unabridged
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  • You inhale the fumes till a state approaching intoxication ensues, but you must sit there all the same, for there is no escape.

    Nasby in Exile David R. Locke
  • Why, you would cease to inhale the breath of life itself, for his sake.

  • There inhale unrestrained the breeze, the sunlight, and the subtle essence which emanates from the ocean.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
  • His bosom seemed to inhale not air but the strength of eternal youth and gladness.

    War and Peace Leo Tolstoy
  • Let me for a while inhale the breath of an invigorating literature.

British Dictionary definitions for inhale


to draw (breath) into the lungs; breathe in
Word Origin
C18: from in-² + Latin halāre to breathe
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Word Origin and History for inhale

1725, "to breathe in," back-formation from inhalation or else from Latin inhalare "breathe upon," from in- "upon" (see in- (2)) + halare "breathe." Related: Inhaled; inhaling. Current sense is because the word was taken as the opposite of exhale. Slang sense of "eat rapidly" is recorded from 1924. As a noun, by 1934. Related: Inhaled; inhaling.

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inhale in Medicine

inhale in·hale (ĭn-hāl')
v. in·haled, in·hal·ing, in·hales

  1. To breathe in; inspire.

  2. To draw something such as smoke or a medicinal mist into the lungs by breathing; inspire.

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Slang definitions & phrases for inhale



To eat or drink, esp rapidly: I inhaled my lunch because I didn't have much time to eat (1924+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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