verb (used without object), re·spired, re·spir·ing.
verb (used with object), re·spired, re·spir·ing.
Origin of respire
Examples from the Web for respire
Its breath was too powerful for any one breast to respire it solely.History of the Girondists, Volume I|Alphonse de Lamartine
Man is divinely prescient of his infinity of mind as soon as he begins to meditate and respire.Transcendentalism in New England|Octavius Brooks Frothingham
By these tubular horns, which Reaumur compares to asses' ears, they respire, and are suspended at the surface.An Introduction to Entomology: Vol. IV (of 4)|William Kirby
Do you not remember that you ceased to respire, and were not conscious of the fact?Etidorhpa or the End of Earth.|John Uri Lloyd
With what eagerness did I run every morning at sunrise to respire the perfumed air in the peristyle!The Confessions of J. J. Rousseau, Complete|Jean Jacques Rousseau
British Dictionary definitions for respire
Word Origin for respire
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.