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Synonyms for breathing
ˈbri ðɪŋ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. breathing, external respiration, respiration, ventilation(adj)

    the bodily process of inhalation and exhalation; the process of taking in oxygen from inhaled air and releasing carbon dioxide by exhalation

    ventilation, internal respiration, respiration, ventilating system, ventilation system, airing, external respiration, public discussion, cellular respiration

    breathless, suffocative, dyspnoeal, smothering, winded, short-winded, suffocating, dyspneic, pursy, dyspneal, blown, dyspnoeic, asphyxiating

  2. breathing, eupneic, eupnoeic(adj)

    passing or able to pass air in and out of the lungs normally; sometimes used in combination

    "the boy was disappointed to find only skeletons instead of living breathing dinosaurs"; "the heavy-breathing person on the telephone"

    eupnoeic, eupneic

    winded, dyspneic, dyspneal, breathless, dyspnoeal, suffocating, smothering, suffocative, dyspnoeic, asphyxiating, pursy, short-winded, blown

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. breathing

    Alive applies to all degrees of life, from that which shows one to be barely existing or existent as a living thing, as when we say he is just alive, to that which implies the very utmost of vitality and power, as in the words "he is all alive," "thoroughly alive." So the word quick, which began by signifying "having life," is now mostly applied to energy of life as shown in swiftness of action. Breathing is capable of like contrast. We say of a dying man, he is still breathing; or we speak of a breathing statue, or "breathing and sounding, beauteous battle," Tennyson Princess can. v, l. 155, where it means having, or seeming to have, full and vigorous breath, abundant life. Compare ACTIVE; ALERT; NIMBLE.

    active, alert, alive, animate, animated, brisk, existent, existing, live, lively, living, quick, subsisting, vivacious

    dead, deceased, defunct, dispirited, dull, inanimate, lifeless, spiritless

    Alive in every nerve; alive to every noble impulse; alive with fervor, hope, resolve; alive through all his being.

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. breathing(n.)


  2. breathing(n.)

    aspiration, wish, desire, longing, craving, yearning

  3. breathing(a.)

    living, alive, live, not dead

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases:

    respiration, breathe, respiratory, breath, inhalation, respirable, respirator

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  1. Hillary Clinton:

    As I stand here tonight, breathing a big sigh of relief, thank you Barack Obama Iowa. I want you to know that I ’ll keep standing up for you, keep fighting for you. Join me. Let’s go win that nomination.

  2. Mark Milley:

    I immediately ran to see if I could help. There were just a few people around him. He was not responsive and couldn't speak, and he had very labored breathing that was not actually moving air into his lungs.

  3. Nabarun Dasgupta:

    We know that benzodiazepines and opioids can suppress your breathing, on the other hand, we have all these physicians who have been prescribing opioids and benzos together for years to tens of millions of patients... [ and ] maybe don't perceive this to be as big a risk.

  4. Liam Steel:

    I was sitting in a wheelchair in hospital having muscle convulsions being told that my kidneys had shut down, it was terrifying to have someone tell you we’re going to have to stop you breathing to keep you alive.

  5. Chris Christie:

    That ad was from 1995. Let me ask you this, if you haven't changed your mind once in 20 years, if you haven't changed your mind in 20 years on any issue, then I'll tell you, you're not a thinking, breathing, living human being.

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