verb (used without object), re·spired, re·spir·ing.
to inhale and exhale air for the purpose of maintaining life; breathe.
to breathe freely again, after anxiety, trouble, etc.
verb (used with object), re·spired, re·spir·ing.
to breathe; inhale and exhale.
Origin of respire
1375–1425; late Middle English respirenRelated formspre·re·spire, verb (used with object), pre·re·spired, pre·re·spir·ing.un·re·spired, adjective
< Latin respīrāre,
equivalent to re- re-
to breathe; see spirit
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Historical Examples of respire
It appears to respire as easily in the most rarefied air as on the seashore.
I then began to respire this air anew, and was able to make 16 more inspirations.
Are you willing that the tempter should intercept it, and respire it polluted into your ear?
He laughed, and seemed to respire more air into his broad chest.
The Crustaceans, so far as they are aquatic, respire by means of branchi, or gills.
British Dictionary definitions for respire
to inhale and exhale (air); breathe
(intr) to undergo the process of respiration
literary to breathe again in a relaxed or easy manner, as after stress or exertion
Word Origin for respire
C14: from Latin rēspīrāre to exhale, from re- + spīrāre to breathe; see spirit 1
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Word Origin and History for respire
late 14c., from Old French respirer (12c.), from Latin respirare "breathe again, breathe in and out," from re- "again" (see re-) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit (n.)). Related: Respired; respiring.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
To breathe in and out; inhale and exhale.
To undergo the metabolic process of respiration.
To breathe easily again, as after a period of exertion.
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