[ suh-spahyuhr ]
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verb (used without object),sus·pired, sus·pir·ing.
  1. to sigh.

  2. to breathe.

verb (used with object),sus·pired, sus·pir·ing.
  1. to sigh; utter with long, sighing breaths.

Origin of suspire

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin suspīrāre, equivalent to su-su- + spīrāre to breathe

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How to use suspire in a sentence

  • Between pulls he would suspire deeply, so as to get the full assistance of the Climate.

    Ade's Fables | George Ade

British Dictionary definitions for suspire


/ (səˈspaɪə) /

verbarchaic, or poetic
  1. to sigh or utter with a sigh; yearn

  2. (intr) to breathe; respire

Origin of suspire

C15: from Latin suspīrāre to take a deep breath, from sub- + spīrāre to breathe

Derived forms of suspire

  • suspiration (ˌsʌspɪˈreɪʃən), noun

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