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suspire

[suh-spahyuh r] /səˈspaɪər/
verb (used without object), suspired, suspiring.
1.
to sigh.
2.
to breathe.
verb (used with object), suspired, suspiring.
3.
to sigh; utter with long, sighing breaths.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin suspīrāre, equivalent to su- su- + spīrāre to breathe
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British Dictionary definitions for suspire

suspire

/səˈspaɪə/
verb (archaic or poetic)
1.
to sigh or utter with a sigh; yearn
2.
(intransitive) to breathe; respire
Derived Forms
suspiration (ˌsʌspɪˈreɪʃən) noun
Word Origin
C15: from Latin suspīrāre to take a deep breath, from sub- + spīrāre to breathe
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Word Origin and History for suspire
v.

mid-15c., from Latin suspirare "to draw a deep breath, sigh," from sub "under" + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit).

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