- 1Breathe out in a deliberate manner: [no object]: she sat back and exhaled deeply [with object]: he exhaled the smoke toward the ceilingMore example sentences
breathe out, blow out, puff out
- 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.
- 1.1 [with object] Give off (vapor or fumes): the jungle exhaled mists of early morningMore example sentences
give off, emanate, send forth, emit
- 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.
late Middle English (in the sense 'be given off as vapor'): from Old French exhaler, from Latin exhalare, from ex- 'out' + halare 'breathe'.