[ ri-spahyuh r ]
/ rɪˈspaɪər /

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.
to exhale.

Origin of respire

1375–1425; late Middle English respiren < Latin respīrāre, equivalent to re- re- + spīrāre to breathe; see spirit


pre·re·spire, verb (used with object), pre·re·spired, pre·re·spir·ing.un·re·spired, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for respire

/ (rɪˈspaɪə) /


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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Medicine definitions for respire

[ rĭ-spīr ]


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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