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[suh-spahyuh r]
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verb (used without object), sus·pired, sus·pir·ing.
  1. to sigh.
  2. to breathe.
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verb (used with object), sus·pired, sus·pir·ing.
  1. 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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Related Words

yearn, moan, sob, groan, whisper, cry, whistle, murmur, gasp, exhale, howl, covet, fancy, breathe, huff, spew, vomit, puff, aim, itch

British Dictionary definitions for suspire


verb archaic, or poetic
  1. to sigh or utter with a sigh; yearn
  2. (intr) to breathe; respire
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Derived Formssuspiration (ˌsʌspɪˈreɪʃən), noun

Word Origin

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

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