Breath and BreatheWriters occasionally confuse the words breath and breathe.
BreathThe word breath is a noun that denotes the air either inhaled or exhaled during breathing. Colloquially, it can also mean a short pause (e.g., Take a breath and try again.)
Of note, breath rhymes with death.
- Paul pinched his nose, took a breath and jumped off the boat.
- He would fight until his last breath.
BreatheThe word breathe (which rhymes with seethe) is a verb with the following closely related meanings:
To inhale and expel air from the lungs.
- Virtually all fish breathe through gills.
- Is she breathing? (Note: Breathe drops the e when ing is added.)
- The new synthetic material can breathe to prevent moisture building up against the skin.
- He breathed new life into the project.
- He breathed a sigh of relief.
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