[suh-spahyuh r]

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.

Origin of suspire

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin suspīrāre, equivalent to su- su- + spīrāre to breathe Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for suspire


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

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

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