- breatheW3S3 [bri:ð] v▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(air)¦2¦(blow)¦3 somebody can breathe easy/easily4 breathe a sigh of relief5 be breathing down somebody's neck6 not breathe a word7 breathe life into something8¦(skin)¦9¦(clothes/fabric)¦10¦(wine)¦11¦(say something quietly)¦12 breathe your last (breath)13 breathe firePhrasal verbsbreathe inbreathe out▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[Date: 1200-1300; Origin: breath]1.) ¦(AIR)¦ [I and T]to take air into your lungs and send it out again▪ The room filled with smoke, and it was becoming difficult to breathe.▪ People are concerned about the quality of the air they breathe.▪ Relax and breathe deeply (=take in a lot of air) .2.) ¦(BLOW)¦ [I and T]to blow air or smoke out of your mouthbreathe on▪ Roy breathed on his hands and rubbed them together vigorously.breathe sth over sb▪ The fat man opposite was breathing garlic all over me.3.) sb can breathe easy/easilyused when saying that someone can relax because a worrying or dangerous situation has ended▪ With stocks going up, investors can breathe easily.4.) breathe a sigh of reliefto stop being worried or frightened about something▪ Once the deadline passed, everyone breathed a sigh of relief.5.) be breathing down sb's neck informalto pay very close attention to what someone is doing in a way that makes them feel nervous or annoyed▪ How can I concentrate with you breathing down my neck all the time?6.) not breathe a wordto not tell anyone anything at all about something, because it is a secret▪ Don't breathe a word; it's supposed to be a surprise.7.) breathe life into sthto change a situation so that people feel more excited or interested▪ Critics are hoping the young director can breathe new life into the French film industry.8.) ¦(SKIN)¦if your skin can breathe, air can reach it9.) ¦(CLOTHES/FABRIC)¦ [I]if cloth or clothing breathes, air can pass through it so that your body feels pleasantly cool and dry10.) ¦(WINE)¦ [I]if you let wine breathe, you open the bottle to let the air get to it before you drink it11.) ¦(SAY SOMETHING QUIETLY)¦ [T][i]written to say something very quietly, almost in a whisper▪ 'Wait,' he breathed.12.) breathe your last (breath)literary to die13.) breathe fireto talk and behave in a very angry way→live and breathe sth at ↑live1 (19)breathe in phr vto take air into your lungs▪ The doctor made me breathe in while he listened to my chest.breathe sth<=>in▪ Wyatt breathed in the cool ocean air.breathe out phr vto send air out from your lungs▪ Jim breathed out deeply.breathe sth<=>out▪ Lauren lit up a cigarette, then breathed out a puff of smoke.▬▬▬▬▬▬▬WORD FOCUS: breatheto breathe in: inhale (formal)to breathe out: exhale (formal)to breathe noisily: sniff, snore (=when sleeping)snort, sighto breathe with difficulty: gasp, pant, wheeze, be short of breath, be out of breathto be unable to breathe: choke, suffocateSee also: respiration, lung▬▬▬▬▬▬▬
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.