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inhale

[ in-heyl ]
/ ɪnˈheɪl /
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verb (used with object), in·haled, in·hal·ing.

to breathe in; draw in by breathing: to inhale the polluted air.

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

to breathe in, especially the smoke of cigarettes, cigars, etc.: Do you inhale when you smoke?

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Origin of inhale

First recorded in 1715–25; in-2 + (ex)hale

OTHER WORDS FROM inhale

un·in·haled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for inhale

inhale
/ (ɪnˈheɪl) /

verb

to draw (breath) into the lungs; breathe in

Word Origin for inhale

C18: from in- ² + Latin halāre to breathe
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Medical definitions for inhale

inhale
[ ĭn-hāl ]

v.

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