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noun [countable] mainly literary gasp pronunciation in British English /ɡɑːsp/
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singulargasp
pluralgasps
  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.
    1. a.
      an attempt to get enough air into your lungs by breathing in quickly
      She fought for breath, taking in great gasps of air.

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