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verb [intransitive] mainly literary     gasp pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlegasping
past tensegasped
past participlegasped
  1. Sound effect to breathe in suddenly, for example because you are surprised, shocked, or in pain

    He gasped as the freezing water hit his body.

    gasp at:

    I literally gasped at how beautiful it was.

    1. a.
      to make a violent effort to breathe because you need more air
      gasp for air/breath:

      Laura coughed and spluttered as she gasped for air.

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a form of location that involves the underwater detonation of a bomb which causes sound waves that are picked up by ships

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