Re*spire" (r?*sp?r), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Respired (-sp?rd"); p. pr. & vvb. n. Respiring.] [L. respirare, respiratum; pref. re- re- + spirare to breathe: cf. F. respirer. See Spirit.]


To take breath again; hence, to take rest or refreshment.


Here leave me to respire. Milton.

From the mountains where I now respire. Byron.

2. Physiol.

To breathe; to inhale air into the lungs, and exhale it from them, successively, for the purpose of maintaining the vitality of the blood.


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Re*spire", v. t.


To breathe in and out; to inspire and expire,, as air; to breathe.

A native of the land where I respire The clear air for a while. Byron.


To breathe out; to exhale.


B. Jonson.


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