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Breathe, 1) to respire, to draw in and throw out the air: “panting he lies and --th in her face,” Ven. 62. “so long as men can b. and eyes can see,” Sonn. 18, 13. “while Stephano --s at's nostrils,” Tp. II, 2, 65. “no sighs but of my --ing,” Merch. III, 1, 100. “to b. upon my love,” Gentl. V, 4, 131.
Transitively: “his breath --th life in her,” Ven. 474. “b. life into a stone,” All's II, 1, 76. “I b. free breath,” LLL V, 2, 732. “b. infection,” H6A III, 2, 287. “b. foul contagious darkness,” IV, 1, 7. “here could I b. my soul into the air,” H6B III, 2, 391. “b. sighs,” Tw. II, 2, 40. H6B III, 2, 345. “that I may b. my last in wholesome counsel,” R2 II, 1, 1 (double sense). “--d his latest gasp,” H6C II, 1, 108. “Montague hath --d his last,” V, 2, 40. “breathless b. forth power,” Ant. II, 2, 237. The object denoting the result: “with our sighs we'll b. the welkin dim,” Tit. III, 1, 212.
2) to make a single respiration: “before you can b. twice,” Tp. IV, 45. “I have not --d almost since I did see it,” Err. V, 181. “whilst we b., take time to do him dead,” H6C I, 4, 108.
3) to take breath, to rest from action: “three times they --d,” H4A I, 3, 110. “when you b. in your watering,” II, 4, 17. “b. a while, and then to it again,” II, 4, 17 “give me leave to b. awhile,” V, 3, 46. “we b. too long,” V, 4, 15 (== we tarry too long; cf. breathing). “stay and b. awhile,” V, 4, 15 “give the house of Lancaster leave to b.” H6C I, 2, 13. “I lay me down a little while to b.” II, 3, 2. “now b. we,” 6, 31. “b. you, my friends,” Cor. I, 6, 1. Transitively, == to let take breath: “to b. his bloodied horse,” H4B I, 1, 38.
4) to take exercise: “sick for --ing and exploit,” All's I, 2, 17. “'tis the --ing time of day with me,” Hml. V, 2, 181 (the time of taking a walk). here is a lady that wants --ing too (i. e. dancing) Per. II, 3, 101. Reflectively: “thou wast created for men to b. themselves upon thee,” All's II, 3, 271. -- The participle breathed (== the French mis en haleine) == in full career, in the full display of strength: “I am not yet well breathed,” As I, 2, 230. “as swift as breathed stags,” Shr. Ind. 2, 50 (cf. the adj. breathed).
5) to blow, to pass as air: “when winds b. sweet,” Compl. 103. “the air --s upon us here most sweetly,” Tp. II, 1, 46. IV, 173. Tw. I, 1, 6. Rom. IV, 3, 34. Hml. IV, 7, 67. Cymb. I, 3, 36. “how ugly night comes --ing at his heels,” Troil. V, 8, 6. “a warmth --s out of her,” Per. III, 2, 94. Transitively: “hell itself --s out contagion,” Hml. III, 2, 407 (Qq breaks).
6) to live: “how can my Muse want subject to invent, while thou dost b.” Sonn. 38, 2. “where breath most --s,” 81, 14 (quibble). “when he --d, he was a man,” LLL V, 2, 668. “here let us b.” Shr. I, 1, 8. John II, 419. III, 2, 4. V, 4, 36. H6A V, 4, 127. IV, 2, 31. H6B I, 2, 21. R3 I, 1, 21. R3 I, 1, 21 I, 2, 140. III, 7, 25. Ant. III, 12, 14 etc. “do I not b. a man,” H6C III, 1, 82. cf. “the plainest creature that --d upon this earth a Christian,” R3 III, 5, 26. Double sense: “and mercy then will b. within your lips like man new made,” Meas. II, 2, 78 (to live and to speak).
7) to speak, to utter; a) trans.: “b. it in mine ear,” Gentl. III, 1, 239. “--d a secret vow,” Merch. III, 4, 27. “O hear me b. my life,” Wint. IV, 4, 371. “let the church b. her curse on . . .,” John III, 1, 256. “we --d our counsel,” IV, 2, 36. “--ing to his breathless excellence the incense of a vow,” IV, 3, 66. “by all the blood that ever fury --d,” V, 2, 127. V, 7, 65. R2 I, 1, 173. I, 3, 153. I, 3, 153 I, 3, 153 II, 1, 8. III, 4, 82. R3 I, 3, 286. Rom. I, 1, 117. Tim. III, 5, 59. Hml. II, 1, 31. Lr. V, 3, 143. Oth. IV, 1, 281. To b. forth: “thus --s she forth her spite,” Lucr. 762. “--ed forth the sound that said 'I hate,'” Sonn. 145, 2. To b. out: “what he --s out his breath drinks up again,” Lucr. 1666. “my soul the faith-fullest offerings hath --d out,” Tw. V, 117. “b. out invectives,” H6C I, 4, 43. IV, 1, 112.
b) intrans.: “speak, b., discuss,” Wiv. IV, 5, 2. “this --ing courtesy,” Merch. V, 141 (== courteous words). “to give --ing to my purpose,” Ant. I, 3, 14. “the youth you b. of,” Hml. II, 1, 44. cf. Tw. I, 1, 6 and see Sound.
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