[ eks-heyl, ek-seyl ]
/ ɛksˈheɪl, ɛkˈseɪl /

verb (used without object), ex·haled, ex·hal·ing.

to emit breath or vapor; breathe out.
to pass off as vapor; pass off as an effluence.

verb (used with object), ex·haled, ex·hal·ing.

to breathe out; emit (air, vapor, sound, etc.): to exhale a sigh.
to give off as vapor: The engine exhaled steam.
to draw out as a vapor or effluence; evaporate.

Nearby words

  1. exfoliative cytology,
  2. exfoliative dermatitis,
  3. exfoliative gastritis,
  4. exhalant,
  5. exhalation,
  6. exhaust,
  7. exhaust fan,
  8. exhaust manifold,
  9. exhaust stroke,
  10. exhaust system

Origin of exhale

1350–1400; Middle English exalen < Latin exhālāre, equivalent to ex- ex-1 + hālāre to breathe

Related formsun·ex·haled, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for exhale


/ (ɛksˈheɪl, ɪɡˈzeɪl) /


to expel (breath, tobacco smoke, etc) from the lungs; breathe out
to give off (air, vapour, fumes, etc) or (of air, vapour, etc) to be given off; emanate
Derived Formsexhalable, adjectiveexhalation, noun

Word Origin for exhale

C14: from Latin exhālāre to breathe out, from hālāre to breathe

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Word Origin and History for exhale



c.1400, from Middle French exhaler (14c.), from Latin exhalare "breathe out, evaporate," from ex- "out" (see ex-) + halare "breathe." Related: Exhaled; exhaling.

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Medicine definitions for exhale


[ ĕks-hāl, ĕk-sāl ]


To breathe out.
To emit a gas, vapor, or odor.

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