from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To breathe in and out; inhale and exhale.
- intransitive v. To undergo the metabolic process of respiration.
- intransitive v. To breathe easily again, as after a period of exertion or trouble.
- transitive v. To inhale and exhale (air); breathe.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To breathe in and out.
- v. To engage in the process of respiration.
- v. To recover one's breath or breathe easily following stress.
- v. To inhale and exhale; to breathe.
- n. Rest, respite.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To take breath again; hence, to take rest or refreshment.
- intransitive v. To breathe; to inhale air into the lungs, and exhale it from them, successively, for the purpose of maintaining the vitality of the blood.
- transitive v. To breathe in and out; to inspire and expire,, as air; to breathe.
- transitive v. To breathe out; to exhale.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To breathe again; hence, to rest or enjoy relief after toil or suffering.
- To breathe; inhale air into the lungs and exhale it, for the purpose of maintaining animal life; henee, to live.
- To breathe in and out, as air; inhale and exhale; breathe.
- To exhale; breathe out; send out in exhalations.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. breathe easily again, as after exertion or anxiety
- v. draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
- v. undergo the biomedical and metabolic processes of respiration by taking up oxygen and producing carbon monoxide
Middle English respiren, to breathe again, from Latin respīrāre : re-, re- + spīrāre, to breathe.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French respirer, from Latin respīrō, from re- + spīrō. (Wiktionary)