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 Dictionary entry overview: What does inhale mean? 

INHALE (verb)
  The verb INHALE has 2 senses:

1. draw deep into the lungs in by breathing
2. draw in (air)

  Familiarity information: INHALE used as a verb is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

INHALE (verb)

Sense 1inhale [BACK TO TOP]


Draw deep into the lungs in by breathing

Classified under:

Verbs of eating and drinking

Context example:

Clinton smoked marijuana but never inhaled

Hypernyms (to "inhale" is one way to...):

smoke (inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something

Sense 2inhale [BACK TO TOP]


Draw in (air)

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care


breathe in; inhale; inspire

Context examples:

Inhale deeply / inhale the fresh mountain air / The patient has trouble inspiring / The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well

Hypernyms (to "inhale" is one way to...):

breathe; respire; suspire; take a breath (draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "inhale"):

aspirate (suck in (air))

sniff; sniffle (inhale audibly through the nose)

snivel; snuffle (snuff up mucus through the nose)

snuff (inhale audibly through the nose)

drag; draw; puff (suck in or take (air))

huff; snort (inhale recreational drugs)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


exhale (expel air)

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