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noun [countable] mainly literary gasp pronunciation in American English /ɡæsp/
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  1. a sudden noisy breath that is usually caused by surprise, shock, or pain
    gasp of:

    a gasp of pain/surprise/relief

    give/let out a gasp:

    Michelle recognized him and gave a gasp of shock.

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