[ 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
Words nearby suspire
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British Dictionary definitions for suspire
/ (səˈspaɪə) /
verb archaic, or poetic
to sigh or utter with a sigh; yearn
(intr) to breathe; respire
Derived forms of suspiresuspiration (ˌsʌspɪˈreɪʃən), noun
Word Origin for suspire
C15: from Latin suspīrāre to take a deep breath, from sub- + spīrāre to breathe
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