[eks-heyl, ek-seyl]

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 formsun·ex·haled, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of exhale

Historical Examples of exhale

  • She only, of the trio, could so exhale her soul in the very perfume of sound.

    The Princess Virginia

    C. N. Williamson

  • What a pity that they are as evanescent as the bloom of these flowers and the fragrance they exhale!

    Ernest Linwood

    Caroline Lee Hentz

  • To the Little Grey Woman he seemed to exhale youth from every pore.

    Once a Week

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • I am soon to exhale from my flesh, like the spirit of a broken flower.

    The Ghost

    William. D. O'Connor

  • It seemed to exhale from the land itself, a prolonged sigh as of deep fatigue.

    The Octopus

    Frank Norris

British Dictionary definitions for exhale



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

exhale in Medicine


[ĕks-hāl, ĕk-sāl]


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