Definition of exhale in English:

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Pronunciation: /eksˈhāl/


1Breathe out in a deliberate manner: [no object]: she sat back and exhaled deeply [with object]: he exhaled the smoke toward the ceiling
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  • Out in the cold air again I take a deep breath, exhale, and blow smoke rings with my winter breath.
  • The basic technique is what's call ‘continuous circular breathing’, where one breathes slowly and deeply, exhaling without pause and then inhaling, again without a pause or break.
  • Breathe deeply, inhaling and exhaling through the nose, bringing breath to the deepest part of your belly and expanding and contracting rib cage with each breath.
breathe out, blow out, puff out
1.1 [with object] Give off (vapor or fumes): the jungle exhaled mists of early morning
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  • They exhaled a poisonous fume that could kill someone if they inhaled too much of it.
  • You haven't lived until you see a sponge inhaling and exhaling clouds of phosphorescent trace chemicals.
  • The handscroll format allows emotions to emanate with each unrolling, like the mists exhaled by the landscape and water.
give off, emanate, send forth, emit





Late Middle English (in the sense 'be given off as vapor'): from Old French exhaler, from Latin exhalare, from ex- 'out' + halare 'breathe'.

  • inhalation from early 17th century:

    The Latin halare ‘to breathe’ lies behind both to inhale (early 18th century) and the much earlier exhale (Late Middle English).

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Syllabification: ex·hale

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