suspire

[ suh-spahyuh r ]
/ səˈspaɪər /

verb (used without object), sus·pired, sus·pir·ing.

to sigh.
to breathe.

verb (used with object), sus·pired, sus·pir·ing.

to sigh; utter with long, sighing breaths.

Nearby words

  1. suspicion,
  2. suspicional,
  3. suspicious,
  4. suspiciously,
  5. suspiration,
  6. susquehanna,
  7. suss,
  8. sussed,
  9. sussex,
  10. sussex spaniel

Origin of suspire

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

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British Dictionary definitions for suspire

suspire

/ (səˈspaɪə) /

verb archaic, or poetic

to sigh or utter with a sigh; yearn
(intr) to breathe; respire
Derived Formssuspiration (ˌsʌspɪˈreɪʃən), noun

Word Origin for suspire

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

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Word Origin and History for suspire

suspire

v.

mid-15c., from Latin suspirare "to draw a deep breath, sigh," from sub "under" + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit).

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