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Synonyms for breathingˈbri 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, breathing

    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, breathing

    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

List of paraphrases:

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

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