gasp - definition and synonyms

noun [countable] mainly literary 

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/ɡɑːsp/
singulargasp
pluralgasps
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    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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