verb (used without object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.
verb (used with object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.
- 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?
Origin of breathe
Synonyms for breathe
Related Words for breathesexhale, inhale, sigh, infuse, inject, snore, sniff, pant, gulp, respire, fan, snort, expire, gasp, puff, wheeze, scent, insufflate, imbue, transfuse
Examples from the Web for breathes
Contemporary Examples of breathes
After a long period of convalescence following her breakdown, she breathes a sigh of relief when she is able to write.The Neglected Penelope Mortimer Was a Novelist Ahead of Her Time
March 25, 2014
He is paralyzed, breathes through a ventilator, and communicates via a sophisticated computer.A Brief History of Hawking’s Boycott
May 8, 2013
R immediately falls for Julie, who breathes life into him and even inspires the grunting mute to talk ... and stop eating brains.Nicholas Hoult on ‘Warm Bodies,’ ‘X-Men,’ Jennifer Lawrence & More
February 1, 2013
Breathes there a soul brave enough to go near the beach after seeing this film?Jaws’s Anniversary: Newsweek’s 1975 Review
June 20, 2012
Though Babbitt turns ninety this year, Georgie Babbitt still lives and breathes and harrumphs.American Dreams: 'Babbitt' by Sinclair Lewis
March 19, 2012
Historical Examples of breathes
Eulalia, when at the stake, breathes the flame that she may die the more quickly.The Dream
Occasionally there is a similar straining after the air it breathes.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
It breathes the spirit of Socrates, but has been cast anew in the mould of Plato.Apology
I'll send you a prescription for his heart, if he breathes too heavily.Martians Never Die
The child who breathes imperfectly but ill maintains its heat.The Mother's Manual of Children's Diseases
Charles West, M.D.
- 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
Word Origin for breathe
c.1300, not in Old English, but it retains the original Old English vowel of its source word, breath. Related: Breathed; breathing.
In addition to the idioms beginning with breathe
- breathe down someone's neck
- breathe easy
- breathe life into
- breathe one's last
- as I live and breathe
- breathing space
- not breathe a word