verb (used without object), re·spired, re·spir·ing.
- to inhale and exhale air for the purpose of maintaining life; breathe.
- to breathe freely again, after anxiety, trouble, etc.
verb (used with object), re·spired, re·spir·ing.
- to breathe; inhale and exhale.
- to exhale.
- to inhale and exhale (air); breathe
- (intr) to undergo the process of respiration
- literary to breathe again in a relaxed or easy manner, as after stress or exertion
late 14c., from Old French respirer (12c.), from Latin respirare “breathe again, breathe in and out,” from re- “again” (see re-) + spirare “to breathe” (see spirit (n.)). Related: Respired; respiring.
- To breathe in and out; inhale and exhale.
- To undergo the metabolic process of respiration.
- To breathe easily again, as after a period of exertion.