Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

To breathe, or to have difficulty breathing

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

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

property porn

a type of television programme, magazine article, etc which shows off desirable homes …

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

chimera

a plan or course of action that is not possible to achieve

Open Dictionary

flat design

a type of design used on the web which excludes features which give a three-dimensional effect … and uses simple styles

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog