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1. respire

verb. undergo the biomedical and metabolic processes of respiration by taking up oxygen and producing carbon monoxide.

Synonyms

  • take a breath
  • suspire
  • undergo

Antonyms

  • deoxidize
  • deoxidise
  • discourage
  • unclog

Etymology

  • respirer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • respiro (Latin)

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2. respire

verb. draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs.

Synonyms

  • breathe out
  • hiccup
  • yawn
  • expire
  • take a breath
  • sigh
  • breathe in
  • exhale
  • wheeze
  • saw logs
  • breathe
  • snore
  • suspire
  • hyperventilate
  • inspire
  • choke
  • saw wood
  • hiccough

Antonyms

  • exhale
  • be born
  • survive
  • continue

Etymology

  • respirer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • respiro (Latin)

3. respire

verb. breathe easily again, as after exertion or anxiety.

Synonyms

  • suspire
  • take a breath

Antonyms

  • free
  • be well
  • stimulate

Etymology

  • respirer (Old French (842-ca. 1400))
  • respiro (Latin)

Example sentences of the word respire


1. Verb, base form
This damage makes it harder for the fish to respire.

2. Verb, non-3rd person singular present
Plants respire at all times of the day and night because their cells need a constant energy source to stay alive.

3. Noun, singular or mass
Plants respire, but they predominantly engage in a process called photosynthesis.

4. Verb, 3rd person singular present
Plants store glucose as starch, but humans and animals store it as glycogen, which converts back to glucose for use during exercise when the muscle cells respire more than they do at rest.

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