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Definition of respire verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

respire

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//rɪˈspaɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspaɪər//
 
[intransitive] (specialist)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they respire
BrE BrE//rɪˈspaɪə(r)//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspaɪər//
 
he / she / it respires
BrE BrE//rɪˈspaɪəz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspaɪərz//
 
past simple respired
BrE BrE//rɪˈspaɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspaɪərd//
 
past participle respired
BrE BrE//rɪˈspaɪəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspaɪərd//
 
-ing form respiring
BrE BrE//rɪˈspaɪərɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//rɪˈspaɪərɪŋ//
 
 
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to breathe Terrestrial amphibians respire through their skin. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old French respirer or Latin respirare ‘breathe out’, from re- ‘again’ + spirare ‘breathe’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: respire