verb (used without object)
to let out one's breath audibly, as from sorrow, weariness, or relief.
to yearn or long; pine.
to make a sound suggesting a sigh: sighing wind.
verb (used with object)
to express or utter with a sigh.
to lament with sighing.
the act or sound of sighing.

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English sighen, back formation from sihte sighed, past tense of Middle English siken, sichen, Old English sīcan to sigh; (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.

sigher, noun
outsigh, verb (used with object)
unsighing, adjective

1. side, sighed ; 2. sighs, size (see synonym study at size). Unabridged
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sigh (saɪ)
vb (often foll by for)
1.  (intr) to draw in and exhale audibly a deep breath as an expression of weariness, despair, relief, etc
2.  (intr) to make a sound resembling this: trees sighing in the wind
3.  to yearn, long, or pine
4.  (tr) to utter or express with sighing
5.  the act or sound of sighing
[Old English sīcan, of obscure origin]

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Word Origin & History

c.1300 (n. and v.), probably a back-formation from sighte, past tense of O.E. sican "to sigh," perhaps echoic of the sound of sighing.
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Example sentences
At long last, summer has breathed a warm sigh of relief, signaling that the
  season's customary activities can officially begin.
My husband favored me with a sigh suggesting that the family had long noted my
If that happens, astronomers around the world will breathe a sigh of relief.
The city heaved a collective sigh of relief-but it has been coughing ever since.
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