re spire

respire

[ri-spahyuhr]
verb (used without object), respired, respiring.
1.
to inhale and exhale air for the purpose of maintaining life; breathe.
2.
to breathe freely again, after anxiety, trouble, etc.
verb (used with object), respired, respiring.
3.
to breathe; inhale and exhale.
4.
to exhale.

Origin:
1375–1425; late Middle English respiren < Latin respīrāre, equivalent to re- re- + spīrāre to breathe; see spirit

prerespire, verb (used with object), prerespired, prerespiring.
unrespired, adjective
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respire (rɪˈspaɪə)
 
vb
1.  to inhale and exhale (air); breathe
2.  (intr) to undergo the process of respiration
3.  literary to breathe again in a relaxed or easy manner, as after stress or exertion
 
[C14: from Latin rēspīrāre to exhale, from re- + spīrāre to breathe; see spirit1]

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respire
late 14c., from O.Fr. respirer, from L. respirare "breathe again, breathe in and out," from re- "again" + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit).
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respire re·spire (rĭ-spīr')
v. re·spired, re·spir·ing, re·spires

  1. To breathe in and out; inhale and exhale.

  2. To undergo the metabolic process of respiration.

  3. To breathe easily again, as after a period of exertion.

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