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Meaning of RESPIRE

Pronunciation:  ri'spI¾r

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs; "I can breathe better when the air is clean"; "The patient is respiring"
  2. [v]  undergo the biomedial and metabolic processes of respiration by taking up oxygen and producing carbonmonoxide
  3. [v]  breathe easily again, as after exertion or anxiety

RESPIRE is a 7 letter word that starts with R.


 Synonyms: breathe, suspire, take a breath
 See Also: breathe in, breathe out, choke, exhale, experience, expire, get, have, hiccough, hiccup, hyperventilate, inhale, inspire, receive, saw logs, saw wood, sigh, snore, undergo, wheeze, yawn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Re*spire"\ (r?*sp?r), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Respired}
    (-sp?rd"); p. pr. & vvb. n. {Respiring}.] [L. respirare,
    respiratum; pref. re- re- + spirare to breathe: cf. F.
    respirer. See {Spirit}.]
    1. To take breath again; hence, to take rest or refreshment.
             Here leave me to respire.             --Milton.
             From the mountains where I now respire. --Byron.
    2. (Physiol.) To breathe; to inhale air into the lungs, and
       exhale it from them, successively, for the purpose of
       maintaining the vitality of the blood.
  2. \Re*spire"\, v. t.
    1. To breathe in and out; to inspire and expire,, as air; to
             A native of the land where I respire The clear air
             for a while.                          --Byron.
    2. To breathe out; to exhale. [R.] --B. Jonson.