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noun [countable/uncountable] breath pronunciation in British English /breθ/
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  1. the air that goes in and out of your body through your nose or mouth

    He could feel her cool breath on his face.

    His breath smelt strongly of alcohol.

    1. a.
      the act of getting air into your lungs by breathing
      take a breath:

      She took a long slow breath to calm down.

      a deep breath (=a breath that fills your lungs):

      Take a deep breath and dive into the water.

      a shallow breath (=a breath in which you breathe only a small amount of air):

      quick shallow breaths



used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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