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

     

    gasp

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ɡɑːsp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡæsp//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they gasp
    BrE BrE//ɡɑːsp//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡæsp//
     
    he / she / it gasps
    BrE BrE//ɡɑːsps//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡæsps//
     
    past simple gasped
    BrE BrE//ɡɑːspt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡæspt//
     
    past participle gasped
    BrE BrE//ɡɑːspt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡæspt//
     
    -ing form gasping
    BrE BrE//ˈɡɑːspɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæspɪŋ//
     
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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. See related entries: Surprise
  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.
  3. 3be gasping (for something) [intransitive] (British English, informal) to want or need something very badly, especially a drink or a cigarette
  4. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old Norse geispa ‘to yawn’.Extra examples ‘No!’ she managed to gasp. Denis almost gasped aloud in astonishment. Her breath went and left her gasping for air. She gasped at his boldness. She was gasping with pain. The cold made her gasp. ‘Let go of me,’ he gasped.
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