v. breathed, breathÂ·ing, breathes
- To inhale and exhale air, especially when naturally and freely.
- To be alive; live: A nicer person has never breathed.
- To pause to rest or regain breath: Give me a moment to breathe.
- To move or blow gently, as air.
- To allow air to pass through: a natural fabric that breathes.
- To be exhaled or emanated, as a fragrance.
- To be manifested or suggested, as an idea or feeling: A sense of calm breathed from the landscape.
- To reach fullness of flavor and aroma through exposure to air. Used chiefly of wine.
- To require air in the combustion process. Used of an internal-combustion engine.