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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 breathe /ˈbrið/

From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Medical Dictionary 英漢醫學字典

 breathe /ˈbrɪð/ 動詞

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Breathe v. i. [imp. & p. p. Breathed p. pr. & vb. n. Breathing.]
 1. To respire; to inhale and exhale air; hence;, to live. “I am in health, I breathe.”
 Breathes there a man with soul so dead
 Who never to himself hath said,
 This is my own, my native land!   --Sir W. Scott [The Lay of the Last Minstrel].
 2. To take breath; to rest from action.
    Well! breathe awhile, and then to it again!   --Shak.
 3. To pass like breath; noiselessly or gently; to exhale; to emanate; to blow gently.
    The air breathes upon us here most sweetly.   --Shak.
    There breathes a living fragrance from the shore.   --Byron.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Breathe, v. t.
 1. To inhale and exhale in the process of respiration; to respire.
    To view the light of heaven, and breathe the vital air.   --Dryden.
 2. To inject by breathing; to infuse; -- with into.
    Able to breathe life into a stone.   --Shak.
    And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.   --Gen. ii. 7.
 3. To emit or utter by the breath; to utter softly; to whisper; as, to breathe a vow.
    He softly breathed thy name.   --Dryden.
 Or let the church, our mother, breathe her curse,
 A mother's curse, on her revolting son.   --Shak.
 4. To exhale; to emit, as breath; as, the flowers breathe odors or perfumes.
 5. To express; to manifest; to give forth.
    Others articles breathe the same severe spirit.   --Milner.
 6. To act upon by the breath; to cause to sound by breathing. “They breathe the flute.”
 7. To promote free respiration in; to exercise.
    And every man should beat thee. I think thou wast created for men to breathe themselves upon thee.   --Shak.
 8. To suffer to take breath, or recover the natural breathing; to rest; as, to breathe a horse.
    A moment breathed his panting steed.   --Sir W. Scott.
 9. To put out of breath; to exhaust.
    Mr. Tulkinghorn arrives in his turret room, a little breathed by the journey up.   --Dickens.
 10. Phonetics To utter without vocality, as the nonvocal consonants.
    The same sound may be pronounces either breathed, voiced, or whispered.   --H. Sweet.
    =\Breathed elements, being already voiceless, remain unchanged
 Note: [in whispering].\=   --H. Sweet.
 To breathe again, to take breath; to feel a sense of relief, as from danger, responsibility, or press of business.
 To breathe one's last, to die; to expire.
 To breathe a vein, to open a vein; to let blood.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      v 1: draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs; "I can breathe
           better when the air is clean"; "The patient is
           respiring" [syn: take a breath, respire, suspire]
      2: be alive; "Every creature that breathes"
      3: impart as if by breathing; "He breathed new life into the
         old house"
      4: allow the passage of air through; "Our new synthetic fabric
         breathes and is perfect for summer wear"
      5: utter or tell; "not breathe a word"
      6: manifest or evince; "She breathes the Christian spirit"
      7: take a short break from one's activities in order to relax
         [syn: rest, catch one's breath, take a breather]
      8: reach full flavor by absorbing air and being let to stand
         after having been uncorked; "This rare Bordeaux must be
         allowed to breathe for at least 2 hours"
      9: expel (gases or odors) [syn: emit, pass off]