Definition of inhale in English:

inhale

verb

  • 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’
    • ‘When someone inhales the smoke, they are receiving doses of drugs, and they can subsequently become addicted themselves.’
    • ‘He closed his eyes to inhale the air and he began a slow trot down the hall toward an elevator.’
    • ‘Just imagine that the nose is blocked and the air is inhaled through your larynx.’
    • ‘She inhaled the clear air and, coming to herself, passed her hand over her forehead.’
    • ‘An elderly man died from inhaling poisonous fumes as he tried to put out a fire at his home.’
    • ‘As the car came to a stop she got out and inhaled the fresh air as if it was giving her the strength she needed.’
    • ‘As you may recall from biology class, you inhale air and exhale carbon dioxide.’
    • ‘With each yard, her scent became stronger, and I breathed it in, inhaling so deeply the cold air scorched a path to my lungs.’
    • ‘You breathe in reluctantly, imagining you're inhaling the fumes from your shoe.’
    • ‘You set fire to it, then deeply inhale the smoky poisonous fumes.’
    • ‘Alone, Ian takes a deep breath, inhaling the perfumed air she's left in her wake.’
    • ‘He ran one hand through his hair as he pulled deeply on his cigarette and inhaled the smoke.’
    • ‘The giggling came to a sudden halt as a sharp breath of air was inhaled somewhere above me.’
    • ‘Suddenly he spat out water and choked; he inhaled the air deeply and opened his eyes.’
    • ‘Each time the memory comes up, she would squint her eyes and inhale her breath very deeply.’
    • ‘Marla breathed in deeply, inhaling the smoke of her cigarette before blowing it out in a long wisp.’
    • ‘Some of them even light up on buses where you can't even get away from inhaling their second-hand smoke.’
    • ‘As you inhale a polluted air it creates a lot of problem in your system.’
    • ‘Davy was the first person to experience intoxication after inhaling a gas or vapour.’
    • ‘He inhaled the freezing air around, hearing the whistle of the wind through the infantry.’
    breathe in, draw in, suck in, sniff in, gasp, gulp, inspire, drink in
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    1. 1.1North American informal with object Eat (food) greedily or rapidly.
      ‘later on I inhale a box of chocolate cookies while watching cable TV’
      • ‘Even I, the king of inhaling food, knows that you don't eat fish so fast!’
      • ‘She gaped as Jesse all but detached his jaw and inhaled half the burger in one bite.’
      • ‘He dropped four plates in front of us, and the children inhaled the food like it was pizza and soda.’
      • ‘Once there, she inhaled a small meal of bread and cheese before rushing off to begin work.’
      • ‘Grunting in place of a formal greeting, she inhales the food, and barely notices David mocking her out of the corner of her eye.’
      • ‘I was trying to inhale two pieces of toast whole, when I heard a furious knocking at the door.’
      • ‘He sits in silence, inhaling his sandwich while staring at the empty chair across from him.’
      • ‘Then we went to the pub and inhaled beer, burgers, and burritos and and planned our new life in the sticks.’
      • ‘Bryan didn't glance up at her as he inhaled the huge amount of food crammed onto his plate.’
      • ‘Leaning over, uncle Will promptly inhales the bacon strip.’
      • ‘But he didn't feel like eating, unlike the others who seemed to be inhaling their food.’
      • ‘But this is Jake, he doesn't even look before he inhales his food.’
      • ‘Any man ordering pasta marinara comes across as a more sensitive prospect than a guy who inhales a steak.’
      consume, devour, ingest, partake of, gobble, gobble down, gobble up, gulp, gulp down, bolt, bolt down, wolf, wolf down, cram down, finish, finish off
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Origin

Early 18th century: from Latin inhalare ‘breathe in’, from in- ‘in’ + halare ‘breathe’.

Pronunciation

inhale

/ɪnˈheɪl/