take a breath
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|Verb||1.||take a breath - draw air into, and expel out of, the lungs; "I can breathe better when the air is clean"; "The patient is respiring"|
respire - undergo the biomedical and metabolic processes of respiration by taking up oxygen and producing carbon monoxide
respire - breathe easily again, as after exertion or anxiety
choke - breathe with great difficulty, as when experiencing a strong emotion; "She choked with emotion when she spoke about her deceased husband"
hyperventilate - breathe excessively hard and fast; "The mountain climber started to hyperventilate"
hiccough, hiccup - breathe spasmodically, and make a sound; "When you have to hiccup, drink a glass of cold water"
breathe in, inhale, inspire - draw in (air); "Inhale deeply"; "inhale the fresh mountain air"; "The patient has trouble inspiring"; "The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well"
wheeze - breathe with difficulty
yawn - utter a yawn, as from lack of oxygen or when one is tired; "The child yawned during the long performance"