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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To breathe (something) in; inhale.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To breathe (something) in; imbreathe.
  • v. To inspire (a person); communicate by inspiration; infuse by breathing.
  • v. To draw in as breath; inhale; inspire.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To infuse by breathing; to inspire.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To infuse by breathing; communicate by inspiration.


From Middle English inbrethen, equivalent to in- +‎ breathe. (Wiktionary)


  • The very instant you wholeheartedly turn away from every symptom of distrust and discouragement, the blessed Holy Spirit will quicken your faith and inbreathe divine strength into your soul....

    Both Sides Now..and Always

  • For one instant the preacher paused, for the awed and listening mass of people who had been literally holding their breath, were compelled to inbreathe, and the catch of breath was heard through all the place.

    The Mark of the Beast

  • In a nutshell you focus on someone else’s (someone you directly know – ummm YOU!) pain/suffering/fear/etc on the inbreathe and on the outbreathe you send them (YOU!) peace, love, compassion, happiness, assurity, optimism – whatever you feel they need.

    Something happened inside the cylinder «


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  • Farmer Palmer felt Zeke's harmonica bouncing about in his pocket. He yanked it out and, winded as he was from running, he managed to play a short tune, inbreathing some of the notes...

    - William Steig, Farmer Palmer's Wagon Ride

    September 29, 2008