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breathtaking

[breth-tey-king] /ˈbrɛθˌteɪ kɪŋ/
adjective
1.
thrillingly beautiful, remarkable, astonishing, exciting, or the like:
a breathtaking performance.
Origin
1875-1880
1875-80; breath + take + -ing2
Related forms
breathtakingly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for breath taking

breathtaking

/ˈbrɛθˌteɪkɪŋ/
adjective
1.
causing awe or excitement: a breathtaking view
Derived Forms
breathtakingly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for breath taking

breathtaking

adj.

1867, from breath + present participle of take (v.). Phrase to take (one's) breath away with astonishment or delight is from 1864. Breathtaking (n.) "act of taking breaths or a breath" is from 1620s. Related: Breathtakingly.

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