inhale
Pronunciation
  • (America) IPA: /ɪnˈheɪl/
Verb

inhale (inhales, present participle inhaling; past and past participle inhaled)

  1. (intransitive) To draw air into the lungs, through the nose or mouth by action of the diaphragm.
    Synonyms: breathe in, inbreathe, inspire
    Antonyms: breathe out, outbreathe, exhale, expire (archaic)
  2. (transitive) To draw air or any form of gas (either in a pure form, or mixed with small particles in form of aerosols/smoke -sometimes stemming from a medicament) into the lungs, through the nose or mouth by action of the diaphragm.
    Synonyms: breathe in, inbreathe, inspire
    Antonyms: breathe out, outbreathe, exhale
  3. (transitive, figuratively) To eat very quickly.
    • 2014, Dee Disheau, Love in the Sand and the Snow (page 26)
      She had also forgotten both diet and protocol as she joined Sven in guzzling large cokes, practically inhaling fries and gravy, and rounding off the meal with double malts.
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inhale (plural inhales)

  1. An inhalation.
    • 2009, David A. Clark, ‎Aaron T. Beck, Cognitive Therapy of Anxiety Disorders: Science and Practice
      Now have client take slower, normal breaths through the nose and notice how the abdomen moves slightly outward with each inhale and then deflates with each exhale.



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