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hyperventilate

[hahy-per-ven-tl-eyt] /ˌhaɪ pərˈvɛn tlˌeɪt/
verb (used without object), hyperventilated, hyperventilating.
1.
to be afflicted with hyperventilation; breathe abnormally fast and deep.
verb (used with object), hyperventilated, hyperventilating.
2.
to cause (a patient) to breathe more rapidly and deeply than normal.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; back formation from hyperventilation
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Examples from the web for hyperventilate
  • The two stars together were enough to make fans hyperventilate.
  • People are being caused to hyperventilate about sea level rises because of glacial melting.
  • Be calm, don't get so hyped up that you tax an already effected and taxed respiratory system, ie freak out and hyperventilate.
  • If you do hyperventilate, cover your mouth and nose with the paper bag.
  • Upon her return, she appeared anxious and began to hyperventilate.
  • When suddenly immersed in cold water, people often hyperventilate and inhale water.
British Dictionary definitions for hyperventilate

hyperventilate

/ˌhaɪpəˈvɛntɪleɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to breathe in an abnormally deep, long, and rapid manner, sometimes resulting in cramp and dizziness
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Word Origin and History for hyperventilate
v.

"breathe deeply and rapidly," 1931, from hyper- + ventilate. Related: Hyperventilated; hyperventilating.

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