breath collocations and examples

 UK /breθ/

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air going in and out of your body; the act of getting air into your lungs


Adjectives frequently used with breath
deep or slow: deep, long, slowTake another slow breath and release the tension in your body.shallow or quick: quick, shallow, sharpWhen people are nervous, they take quick shallow breaths, which makes their voice sound weak.having an unpleasant smell: bad, smellyShe suffered from a digestive disorder that gave her bad breath.having a pleasant smell: fresh, sweetGood oral hygiene is essential for fresh breath.
Verbs frequently used with breath
when you take air into your body: draw, inhale, takeIf you do become anxious, take some deep breaths.when you breathe normally again after breathing fast: catch, get back, recover, regainI paused to wipe my streaming forehead and recover my breath.make breath from your mouth smell pleasant: freshen, sweetenMouthwashes help to control decay and freshen the breath.keep breath inside your body: holdHe could not hold his breath any longer and surfaced for air.when you let air out of your body: exhale, let outShe swallowed hard, and exhaled the breath she’d been holding.when you struggle to breathe normally: fight for, gasp for, struggle forI was gasping for breath and shaking.

Usage note

If you are struggling to breathe normally, you can say that you are out of breath or short of breath: You should walk fast enough to get warm and a little out of breath.

 
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