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[ in-heyl ]

verb (used with object)

, in·haled, in·hal·ing.
  1. to breathe in; draw in by breathing:

    to inhale the polluted air.

verb (used without object)

, in·haled, in·hal·ing.
  1. to breathe in, especially the smoke of cigarettes, cigars, etc.:

    Do you inhale when you smoke?


/ ɪnˈheɪl /


  1. to draw (breath) into the lungs; breathe in

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Other Words From

  • unin·haled adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of inhale1

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

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Word History and Origins

Origin of inhale1

C18: from in- ² + Latin halāre to breathe

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Example Sentences

N95 masks have already been shown to both protect people wearing them from inhaling coronavirus-bearing droplets, and reduce the risk of them spreading the virus by breathing.

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This would require inhaling hydrogen instead of oxygen, metabolizing it with acetylene instead of glucose, and exhaling methane instead of carbon dioxide.

Some companies are repurposing these drugs, which could be inhaled.

Nowadays, inhaling six or seven hot dogs a minute for 10 minutes mostly leads to digestive problems.

Gilead announced July 8 that it soon would begin a clinical trial to test an inhaled form of the drug.

If you tend to inhale your food without realizing how much you consumed, opt for nibbles like in-shell pistachio nuts.

TB, for example, is spread when I inhale the exhaled breath of a person with active disease.

The loftiest noses among the winemakers inhale the finest of scents from the tasting glass and proclaim another masterpiece.

They emit an odor that no human being should inhale, and yet you have.

So of course, Jimmy Fallon took the opportunity to ruin it by forcing Freeman to inhale helium and pitch up his voice.

The helmsman led me to the side of the vessel, and told me to hold my head overboard, and inhale the air.

I straddled his neck and pushed his head into the milk so that he was forced either to drink it or inhale it.

As soon as conscious breathing was necessary it was my custom deliberately to inhale on one step and exhale on the next.

"It's awful the way I inhale," said Slops with a melancholy sigh.

He felt his forehead begin to burn, so he arose to approach the window and inhale the fresh night breeze.


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