- 1Breathe in (air, gas, smoke, etc.): [with object]: they were taken to the hospital after inhaling fumes [no object]: she inhaled deeply on another cigaretteMore example sentences
breathe in, inspire, draw in, suck in, take in, sniff in, drink in
- Marla breathed in deeply, inhaling the smoke of her cigarette before blowing it out in a long wisp.
- Alone, Ian takes a deep breath, inhaling the perfumed air she's left in her wake.
- The giggling came to a sudden halt as a sharp breath of air was inhaled somewhere above me.
- 1.1 [with object] North American • informal Eat (food) greedily or rapidly: later on I inhaled a box of chocolate cookies while watching cable TVMore example sentences
- He dropped four plates in front of us, and the children inhaled the food like it was pizza and soda.
- But this is Jake, he doesn't even look before he inhales his food.
- But he didn't feel like eating, unlike the others who seemed to be inhaling their food.
early 18th century: from Latin inhalare 'breathe in', from in- 'in' + halare 'breathe'.