Definition of exhale in English:



  • 1Breathe out.

    no object ‘she sat back and exhaled deeply’
    with object ‘he exhaled the smoke towards the ceiling’
    • ‘I think it might be one of those weekends where I keep myself to myself, inhale deeply and exhale loudly, and stare at the ceiling.’
    • ‘He shut his eyes, exhaling deeply, and slipped into sleep again.’
    • ‘A positive sign appeared and I closed my eyes, inhaling and exhaling deeply.’
    • ‘It was a travesty of the human voice, inhaling as she spoke and exhaling between words, breathing and speaking in a completely unnatural rhythm.’
    • ‘Sighing lazily, she propped her elbows on the dinner table, digging her chin into her palms and breathing in slowly, exhaling heavily.’
    • ‘When coughing is accompanied by a wheezing sound as your child exhales, it is a sign that something may be partially blocking the lower airway.’
    • ‘I exhale, breathing out more air than I thought my lungs capable of holding.’
    • ‘A whale's ‘blow’, the spout of steamy breath when it exhales after a dive, is one of these things.’
    • ‘I closed my eyes and breathed in; upon exhaling I opened my eyes and smiled.’
    • ‘I breathe, exhaling for ten seconds and inhaling for another ten.’
    • ‘He attempted to calm himself by inhaling deeply and exhaling slowly, and was only partially successful.’
    • ‘Opal pushed the hair out of his eyes exhaling deeply.’
    • ‘Vivian finally realized she had been holding her breathe and exhaled with anxiousness.’
    • ‘I paused, exhaling deeply, and letting my shoulders heave.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He looks into the camera as he exhales, the smoke wafting out of his mouth toward the finches.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Out in the cold air again I take a deep breath, exhale, and blow smoke rings with my winter breath.’
    • ‘Evelyn sighed and folded her arms, exhaling deeply.’
    • ‘He exhales deeply, like he's opening a valve to pent-up emotions.’
    breathe out, blow out, puff out
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    1. 1.1with object Give off (vapour or fumes)
      ‘the jungle exhaled mists of early morning’
      • ‘The handscroll format allows emotions to emanate with each unrolling, like the mists exhaled by the landscape and water.’
      • ‘It reduces CO2 to hydrogen-its source of energy for its life processes-and exhales methane.’
      • ‘They exhaled a poisonous fume that could kill someone if they inhaled too much of it.’
      • ‘Earth-plastered walls breathe like living beings, protecting bales from moisture damage by exhaling moisture instead of locking it inside.’
      • ‘You haven't lived until you see a sponge inhaling and exhaling clouds of phosphorescent trace chemicals.’
      • ‘A toxic fireball as big as the Houses of Parliament burned for several hours, exhaling a black cloud over Houston.’
      • ‘His landscapes, now given added breadth by the influence of Rubens, show similar characteristics and exhale an air of enchantment.’
      give off, emanate, send forth, emit, discharge
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Late Middle English (in the sense ‘be given off as vapour’): from Old French exhaler, from Latin exhalare, from ex- ‘out’ + halare ‘breathe’.