Definition of gasp verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    gasp

     verb
    verb
    NAmE//ɡæsp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gasp
     
    he / she / it gasps
     
    past simple gasped
     
    -ing form gasping
     
     
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  1. 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. 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.
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