The verb breathe is used to refer to the act of inhaling and exhaling air. It’s also used to refer to something that allows air to pass through it or to something that’s exposed to air.
Examples: Breathe in a sentence I need some room to breathe!
Don’t forget to open the windows and let your stuffy room breathe for a while.
You have to let fine wines breathe before you serve them.
Breathe is also used in many idioms, both in its infinitive and present participle form. To create the latter, you omit the last “e” and add the suffix “-ing” to the end of the word. The word is still pronounced with a long “e” sound [breething].
My boss is such a micromanager. He’s constantly breathing down my neck.
To put pressure on someone
After the divorce papers were signed, she could finally breathe freely.
To be relieved
I love how you’ve breathed new life into this house by renovating the ground floor!
To revive something
How to use the noun breath
Breath is a noun used to describe the air you inhale and exhale while breathing. It’s also used in a number of expressions.