|Origin:||in- + -hale (as in exhale)|
in‧hale [intransitive and transitive]
It is dangerous to inhale ammonia fumes.
Myra lit another cigarette and inhaled deeply (=breathed in a lot of smoke).
—inhalation noun [uncountable]WORD FOCUS: breathe
One man was treated for smoke inhalation (=when you breathe smoke from a fire).
to breathe in: inhale formal
to breathe out: exhale formal
to breathe noisily: sniff, snore (when sleeping)
to breathe with difficulty: gasp, pant, wheeze, be short of breath, be out of breath
to be unable to breathe: choke, suffocatebreathe
➔ See also breathe