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[in-heyl] /ɪnˈheɪl/

verb (used with object), inhaled, inhaling.
to breathe in; draw in by breathing:
to inhale the polluted air.
verb (used without object), inhaled, inhaling.
to breathe in, especially the smoke of cigarettes, cigars, etc.:
Do you inhale when you smoke?
to draw (breath) into the lungs; breathe in

1725, “to breathe in,” back-formation from inhalation or else from Latin inhalare “breathe upon,” from in- “upon” (see in- (2)) + halare “breathe.” Related: Inhaled; inhaling. Current sense is because the word was taken as the opposite of exhale. Slang sense of “eat rapidly” is recorded from 1924. As a noun, by 1934. Related: Inhaled; inhaling.

inhale in·hale (ĭn-hāl’)
v. in·haled, in·hal·ing, in·hales


To eat or drink, esp rapidly: I inhaled my lunch because I didn’t have much time to eat (1924+)

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