[ 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.

Origin of exhale

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

Related forms

un·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 Forms

exhalable, adjectiveexhalation, noun

Word Origin for exhale

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