breath /ˈbrɛθ/ noun
plural breaths
plural breaths
Learner's definition of BREATH
[noncount] : the air that you take into your lungs and send out from your lungs when you breathe : air that is inhaled and exhaled in breathing
sometimes used before another noun
see also breath test
[noncount] : the ability to breathe freely
◊ To catch your breath or (Brit) get your breath back is to rest until you are able to breathe normally.
◊ If you are out of breath, you are breathing very hard because you have been running or doing hard physical work.
◊ Someone who is short of breath or who has shortness of breath has difficulty breathing in enough air especially because of a physical or medical condition.
[count] : an amount of air that you take into your lungs
◊ If you say two different things in the same breath, or if you say one thing and then something else in the next breath, it means that you say these things very close together.
◊ If someone says that you are wasting your breath or tells you to save your breath or to not waste your breath, it means that the things you say will not make someone behave or think differently and that you should not bother to try.
[count] : a slight breeze usually singular
[singular] : a very small amount of something

a breath of fresh air

: clean or cool outside air after you have been in a building for a period of time
: someone or something that is different in a way that is interesting, exciting, enjoyable, etc.

hold your breath

: to keep the air that you have breathed in your lungs for a short time instead of breathing out
informal used to say that you do not believe that something will happen soon or at all

take your breath away

◊ Something that takes your breath away is extremely exciting, beautiful, or surprising.

under your breath

◊ If you say something under your breath, you say it quietly so that it is difficult to hear.

with bated breath

see bated
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