- to sigh.
- to breathe.
- 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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- to sigh or utter with a sigh; yearn
- (intr) to breathe; respire
C15: from Latin suspīrāre to take a deep breath, from sub- + spīrāre to breathe
Word Origin and History for suspire
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