[ suh-spahyuhr ]
/ səˈspaɪər /
Save This Word!

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.



Apostrophes can be tricky; prove you know the difference between it’s and its in this crafty quiz!
Question 1 of 12
On the farm, the feed for chicks is significantly different from the roosters’; ______ not even comparable.

Origin of suspire

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin suspīrāre, equivalent to su-su- + spīrāre to breathe
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2021
  • 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) /

verb archaic, or poetic

to sigh or utter with a sigh; yearn
(intr) to breathe; respire
suspiration (ˌsʌspɪˈreɪʃən), noun
C15: from Latin suspīrāre to take a deep breath, from sub- + spīrāre to breathe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
What's This Word?