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1. Take air into the lungs and then expel it, esp. as a regular physiological process: “she was wheezing as she breathed”. (Google Dictionary)

2. Be or seem to be alive because of this: “at least I’m still breathing”. (Google Dictionary)

Syn: respire, inhale

Word Origin: From Middle English brethen (“to breathe, blow, exhale, odour”), from breth (“breath”). More at breath.

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