Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb breathe

9 senses of breathe

Sense 1
breathe, take a breath, respire, suspire -- (draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs; "I can breathe better when the air is clean"; "The patient is respiring")
          Phrasal Verb-> breathe out#1; breathe in#1

Sense 2
breathe -- (be alive; "Every creature that breathes")
       => exist, survive, live, subsist -- (support oneself; "he could barely exist on such a low wage"; "Can you live on $2000 a month in New York City?"; "Many people in the world have to subsist on $1 a day")

Sense 3
breathe -- (impart as if by breathing; "He breathed new life into the old house")
       => instill, transfuse -- (impart gradually; "Her presence instilled faith into the children"; "transfuse love of music into the students")

Sense 4
breathe -- (allow the passage of air through; "Our new synthetic fabric breathes and is perfect for summer wear")
       => be -- (have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer")

Sense 5
breathe -- (utter or tell; "not breathe a word")
       => express, verbalize, verbalise, utter, give tongue to -- (articulate; either verbally or with a cry, shout, or noise; "She expressed her anger"; "He uttered a curse")

Sense 6
breathe -- (manifest or evince; "She breathes the Christian spirit")
       => convey -- (make known; pass on, of information; "She conveyed the message to me")

Sense 7
rest, breathe, catch one's breath, take a breather -- (take a short break from one's activities in order to relax)
       => pause, intermit, break -- (cease an action temporarily; "We pause for station identification"; "let's break for lunch")

Sense 8
breathe -- (reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand after having been uncorked; "This rare Bordeaux must be allowed to breathe for at least 2 hours")
       => oxidize, oxidise, oxidate -- (add oxygen to or combine with oxygen)

Sense 9
emit, breathe, pass off -- (expel (gases or odors))
       => exhaust, discharge, expel, eject, release -- (eliminate (a substance); "combustion products are exhausted in the engine"; "the plant releases a gas")

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