(1)   Passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally; sometimes used in combination
"The boy was disappointed to find only skeletons instead of living breathing dinosaurs"
"The heavy-breathing person on the telephone"


(2)   The bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation


  1. To repeatedly draw air into, and expel it from, the lungs in order to extract oxygen from it and excrete waste products.
  2. To exchange gases with the environment.
    Garments made of ****** and similar new materials breathe well and keep the skin relatively dry during exercise.
  3. Figuratively, to be relaxed or calm.
    ...a child's peaceful breathing...
    ...the wind breathes through the trees...
  4. Figuratively, to live.
    I will not allow it, as long as I still breathe.
  5. To repeatedly draw (something) into, and expel (that thing) from, the lungs.
    Try not to breathe too much smoke.
  6. To whisper quietly.
    He breathed the words into her ear, but she understood them all.