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

 

sneeze

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verb
BrE BrE//sniːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sniːz//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sneeze
BrE BrE//sniːz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sniːz//
 
he / she / it sneezes
BrE BrE//ˈsniːzɪz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsniːzɪz//
 
past simple sneezed
BrE BrE//sniːzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sniːzd//
 
past participle sneezed
BrE BrE//sniːzd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//sniːzd//
 
-ing form sneezing
BrE BrE//ˈsniːzɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈsniːzɪŋ//
 
 
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  • [intransitive] to have air come suddenly and noisily out through your nose and mouth in a way that you cannot control, for example because you have a cold I've been sneezing all morning.
  • Word Origin Middle English: apparently an alteration of Middle English fnese due to misreading or misprinting (after initial fn- had become unfamiliar), later adopted because it sounded appropriate.Extra examples I sneezed on him. She suddenly felt the urge to sneeze. Someone sneezed loudly at the back of the hall. The smoke reached her and made her sneeze. Viruses can be spread through coughing and sneezing. I’ve been sneezing all morning.Idioms (informal) good enough to be accepted or considered seriously In those days, $20 was not a sum to be sneezed at.
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