Definition of Respire

1. Verb. Breathe easily again, as after exertion or anxiety.

Generic synonyms: Breathe, Suspire, Take A Breath
Related verbs: Breathe, Suspire, Take A Breath
Derivative terms: Respiratory

2. Verb. Undergo the biomedical and metabolic processes of respiration by taking up oxygen and producing carbon monoxide.
Related verbs: Breathe, Suspire, Take A Breath
Generic synonyms: Undergo
Derivative terms: Respiration, Respiration, Respiratory

3. Verb. Draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs. "The patient is respiring"

Definition of Respire

1. v. i. To take breath again; hence, to take rest or refreshment.

2. v. t. To breathe in and out; to inspire and expire,, as air; to breathe.

Definition of Respire

1. Verb. (intransitive) To breathe in and out. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To engage in the process of respiration. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To recover one's breath or breathe easily following stress. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To inhale and exhale; to breathe. ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete) Rest, respite. ¹

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Definition of Respire

1. to breathe [v -SPIRED, -SPIRING, -SPIRES] - See also: breathe

Medical Definition of Respire

1. 1. To breathe in and out; to inspire and expire, as air; to breathe successively, for the purpose of maintaining the vitality of the blood. "A native of the land where I respire The clear air for a while." (Byron) 2. To breathe out; to exhale. Origin: L. Respirare, respiratum; pref. Re- re- + spirare to breathe: cf. F. Respirer. (10 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Respire

respiratory sound
respiratory sounds
respiratory syncytial virus
respiratory syncytial virus infections
respiratory syncytial viruses
respiratory system
respiratory system agents
respiratory systems
respiratory therapy
respiratory tract
respiratory tract fistula
respiratory tract infection
respiratory tracts
respiratory transport
respire (current term)

Literary usage of Respire

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Natural History of Pliny by Pliny, John Bostock, Henry Thomas Riley (1890)
"It is universally agreed, however, that they respire, as do a very few other ... He observes also, that insects respire by means of trachea, ..."

2. Transactions of the Association of American Physicians by Association of American Physicians (1895)
"THAT ARE FORCED TO respire THEM. BY AC ABBOTT, MD, FIRST ASSISTANT, LABORATORY OF ... of decomposition on the health of animals forced to respire them; but, ..."

3. A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson, John Walker, Robert S. Jameson (1828)
"RESPIRATION, (res-pe-ra'-shun) ni The To respire, (re-spire') ». n. ... Having power to respire. RESPITE, (res-pit) ni Reprieve ; suspension of a capital ..."

4. The Works of Hannah More by Hannah More (1835)
"It is their proper element, where they respire their natural air. and exert their noblest powers, in situations which call them into action. ..."

5. The Port Folio by Joseph Dennie, Asbury Dickins (1822)
"... we are in the empire of ruins, and there is a certain odour of ashes diffused through these funeral vaults, which makes us believe we respire past time. ..."

6. Visits and Sketches at Home and Abroad: With Tales and Miscellanies Now by Jameson (Anna) (1834)
"... on respire encore dans un temple aboli La Majeste du Dieu dont il Halt rempli. Sous d'indignes Ce•sars maintenant asservie DE LA MARTINI. ..."

7. Great Truths by Great Authors (1856)
"O'er the sea, And from the mountains where I now respire, Fain would I waft such blessing upon thee, As, with a sigh, I deem thou might'st have been to me ! ..."

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