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adjective breathless pronunciation in British English /ˈbreθləs/
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  1. 1
    breathing very fast and hard, for example after exercising
    She was breathless after running up the stairs.
  2. 2
    experiencing a very strong emotion, especially excitement
    breathless with: breathless with excitement/laughter
  3. 3
    mainly literary exciting or impressive
    Washington plays the part with breathless confidence.
    the breathless pace of change
  4. 4
    hot and without fresh air
    a crowded breathless room

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noun [uncountable]
He complained of breathlessness and pains in his arms.


a meal served in the evening which consists of foods traditionally eaten at breakfast

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