- to inhale and exhale air for the purpose of maintaining life; breathe.
- to breathe freely again, after anxiety, trouble, etc.
- to breathe; inhale and exhale.
- to exhale.
Origin of respire
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Examples from the Web for respire
It appears to respire as easily in the most rarefied air as on the seashore.The Western World
I then began to respire this air anew, and was able to make 16 more inspirations.Discovery of Oxygen, Part 2
Carl Wilhelm Scheele
Are you willing that the tempter should intercept it, and respire it polluted into your ear?Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
He laughed, and seemed to respire more air into his broad chest.Cinq Mars, Complete
Alfred de Vigny
The Crustaceans, so far as they are aquatic, respire by means of branchi, or gills.The Ocean World:
- 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
C14: from Latin rēspīrāre to exhale, from re- + spīrāre to breathe; see spirit 1
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Word Origin and History for respire
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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