breathe

[ breeth ]
/ brið /

verb (used without object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.

verb (used with object), breathed [breethd] /briðd/, breath·ing.

Idioms for breathe

Origin of breathe

1250–1300; Middle English brethen, derivative of breath

SYNONYMS FOR breathe

OTHER WORDS FROM breathe

out·breathe, verb (used with object), out·breathed, out·breath·ing.pre·breathe, verb (used with object), pre·breathed, pre·breath·ing.

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH breathe

breadth breath breathe
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British Dictionary definitions for not breathe a word

breathe
/ (briːð) /

verb

Word Origin for breathe

C13: from breath
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Idioms and Phrases with not breathe a word (1 of 2)

not breathe a word

Not reveal a secret, keep concealed, as in You must promise not to breathe a word of what I'm about to tell you. This phrase relies on the verb breathe as meaning “to utter,” a usage dating from the late 1500s.

Idioms and Phrases with not breathe a word (2 of 2)

breathe

In addition to the idioms beginning with breathe

  • breathe down someone's neck
  • breathe easy
  • breathe life into
  • breathe one's last

also see:

  • as I live and breathe
  • breathing space
  • not breathe a word
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