To breathe is to inhale and exhale air. The air contains oxygen which is necessary for human life. If you don’t breathe, you will die.

  • Breathe in. Breathe out. Breathe in. Breathe out…
  • He’s breathing.
  • She’s not breathing. Someone needs to call a doctor.
  • Everyone likes to breathe in fresh air.
  • You can breathe underwater with scuba gear.

scuba gear

She’s using scuba gear to breathe.

The noun form of this word is "breathing."

  • Her breathing became labored, so she went to see a doctor. (labored = difficult)
  • Breathing in a smoke-filled room is uncomfortable.
  • Her breathing was affected by the smoke.

smoke cigar smoke

The adjective form of this word is "breathing."

  • He needed a breathing tube when he was in the hospital.
  • A fire-breathing dragon scared everyone in the town.

dragon dragon

Notice the difference in pronunciation between the words "breathe" and "breath."

breathe / breath

The word "breathe" has a voiced "th" sound.

The word "breath" has an unvoiced "th" sound.

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June 12, 2013