Definition of gasp verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


1 [intransitive, transitive] to take a quick deep breath with your mouth open, especially because you are surprised or in pain gasp (at something)She gasped at the wonderful view.They gasped in astonishment at the news. + speech“What was that noise?” he gasped.2 [intransitive, transitive] to have difficulty breathing or speaking gasp (for something)He came to the surface of the water gasping for air. gasp (something) (out)She managed to gasp out her name. + speech“Can't breathe,” he gasped.