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Learner's definition of BREATHE  
: to move air into and out of your lungs : to inhale and exhale
[no object]
[+ object]
: to send (something) out from your lungs through your mouth or nose
[+ object]
— often + out
[no object]
— often + out
   b  : to take (something) into your lungs through your mouth or nose
[+ object]
— often + in
[no object]
— usually + in
[no object]  : to be alive
[no object]  : to pause and rest before continuing
[+ object]  : to bring (something) into a thing
[no object]  : to feel able to think or act freely
[no object] 
: to allow air to pass through
   b  : to be cooled or refreshed by air that passes through clothing
[+ object]  : to say (something) very quietly — usually used in the phrase breathe a word
[no object]of wine  : to develop a better flavor because of contact with air

breathe a sigh of relief

: to relax because something you have been worrying about is not a problem or danger anymore : to feel relieved

breathe down someone's neck

: to chase after someone closely
: to watch someone carefully and constantly

breathe easy

orbreathe easierorbreathe easilyorbreathe freely
: to feel relief from pressure, danger, etc.

breathe your last

— see 4last

live and breathe

◊ If you live and breathe something, you spend a great deal of time, thought, or effort on that thing.

— breathable

/ˈbriːðəbəl/adjective,[more breathable; most breathable]

— breathing

— see also heavy breathing at 1heavy
— often used before another noun
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