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To breathe, or to have difficulty breathing - thesaurus

Synonyms

breathe

verb

to take air into your lungs through your nose or mouth and let it out again

blow

verb

to push out air from your mouth

sigh

verb

to breathe out slowly making a long soft sound, especially because you are disappointed, tired, annoyed, or relaxed

inhale

verb

to breathe air, smoke, or other substances into your lungs

choke

verb

if you choke, or if something chokes you, you cannot breathe because there is not enough air or because something is blocking your throat

gulp

verb

to quickly take in large breaths of air

gasp

verb

mainly literary to breathe in suddenly, for example because you are surprised, shocked, or in pain

puff

verb

to breathe or blow out air noisily, especially because you have been running, climbing etc

catch your breath

to take time to start to breathe normally again after physical exercise

fight for breath

to have difficulty breathing

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breathe

verb

to bring other substances into your mouth or lungs as you breathe

breathe

verb

to blow air from your mouth onto something

breathe in

to take air into your lungs through your nose or mouth

breathe in

to take other substances into your lungs through your nose or mouth

breathe out

to send air out of your lungs through your nose or mouth

breathe out

to send other substances out of your lungs through your nose or mouth

draw in

to take something such as air into your body

exhale

verb

to breathe air out through your mouth or nose

gasp

verb

mainly literary to make a violent effort to breathe because you need more air

heave a sigh

to let out a deep breath, for example because you are upset or because you are pleased about something

hold your breath

to breathe in and not let the air out again for some time

huff and puff

to breathe loudly and with difficulty

pant

verb

to breathe very loudly with your mouth open, for example when you have been running or exercising

puff out

if air or smoke puffs out, or if you puff it out, you blow it out with a short breath

sniff

verb

to breathe in noisily through your nose, for example because you have been crying

sniffle

verb

to keep breathing in noisily through your nose, for example because you are crying or you have a cold

snuff

verb

to breathe in noisily through your nose, for example when you smell something or when you are crying

snuffle

verb

to breathe noisily through your nose, for example because you are crying or have a cold

splutter

verb

informal to make noises with your mouth because you suddenly cannot breathe or swallow normally

stifle

verb

to find it difficult to breathe

suck

verb

to pull air or smoke into your lungs

suffocate

verb

informal to feel very uncomfortable because there is not much fresh air to breathe

wheeze

verb

to breathe in a noisy way that is uncomfortable for you, usually because you are ill

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