(1)   Draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs
"I can breathe better when the air is clean"
"The patient is respiring"
(2)   Expel (gases or odors)
(3)   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"
(4)   Take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
(5)   Manifest or evince
"She breathes the Christian spirit"
(6)   Utter or tell
"Not breathe a word"
(7)   Impart as if by breathing
"He breathed new life into the old house"
(8)   Be alive
"Every creature that breathes"
(9)   Allow the passage of air through
"Our new synthetic fabric breathes and is perfect for summer wear"


  1. To repeatedly draw air into, and expel it from, the lungs in order to extract oxygen from it and excrete waste products.
  2. To exchange gases with the environment.
    Garments made of ****** and similar new materials breathe well and keep the skin relatively dry during exercise.
  3. Figuratively, to be relaxed or calm.
    ...a child's peaceful breathing...
    ...the wind breathes through the trees...
  4. Figuratively, to live.
    I will not allow it, as long as I still breathe.
  5. To repeatedly draw (something) into, and expel (that thing) from, the lungs.
    Try not to breathe too much smoke.
  6. To whisper quietly.
    He breathed the words into her ear, but she understood them all.