Definition of inhale in English:


Line breaks: in¦hale
Pronunciation: /ɪnˈheɪl


1Breathe in (air, gas, smoke, etc.): [with object]: they were taken to hospital after inhaling fumes [no object]: she took the cigarette and inhaled deeply
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  • 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 inhale a box of chocolate cookies while watching cable TV
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  • 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'.

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