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[in-heyl] /ɪnˈheɪl/
verb (used with object), inhaled, inhaling.
to breathe in; draw in by breathing:
to inhale the polluted air.
verb (used without object), inhaled, inhaling.
to breathe in, especially the smoke of cigarettes, cigars, etc.:
Do you inhale when you smoke?
1715-25; in-2 + (ex)hale
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uninhaled, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for inhaled
  • There i lived in the atmosphere of painting i inhaled the canvases.
  • Nitrite drugs such as amyl nitrite are volatile liquids which are inhaled.
  • Some gases such as propane and butane gases are inhaled directly from the canister.
British Dictionary definitions for inhaled


to draw (breath) into the lungs; breathe in
Word Origin
C18: from in-² + Latin halāre to breathe
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Word Origin and History for inhaled



1725, "to breathe in," back-formation from inhalation or else from Latin inhalare "breathe upon," from in- "upon" (see in- (2)) + halare "breathe." Related: Inhaled; inhaling. Current sense is because the word was taken as the opposite of exhale. Slang sense of "eat rapidly" is recorded from 1924. As a noun, by 1934. Related: Inhaled; inhaling.

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inhaled in Medicine

inhale in·hale (ĭn-hāl')
v. in·haled, in·hal·ing, in·hales

  1. To breathe in; inspire.

  2. To draw something such as smoke or a medicinal mist into the lungs by breathing; inspire.

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Slang definitions & phrases for inhaled



To eat or drink, esp rapidly: I inhaled my lunch because I didn't have much time to eat (1924+)

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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