[ suh-spahyuh r ]
/ səˈspaɪər /
verb (used without object), sus·pired, sus·pir·ing.
verb (used with object), sus·pired, sus·pir·ing.
to sigh; utter with long, sighing breaths.
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Origin of suspire
1400–50; late Middle English < Latin suspīrāre, equivalent to su- su- + spīrāre to breathe
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/ (səˈspaɪə) /
verb archaic, or poetic
to sigh or utter with a sigh; yearn
(intr) to breathe; respire
Word Origin for suspire
C15: from Latin suspīrāre to take a deep breath, from sub- + spīrāre to breathe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
mid-15c., from Latin suspirare "to draw a deep breath, sigh," from sub "under" + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper