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From Middle English inbrethen, equivalent to in- +‎ breathe.


inbreathe (third-person singular simple present inbreathes, present participle inbreathing, simple past and past participle inbreathed)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To breathe (something) in; imbreathe.
    • 1921, Octavus Roy Cohen, Midnight[1]:
      She inbreathed sharply, then her eyes narrowed a trifle.
  2. (transitive) To inspire (a person); communicate by inspiration; infuse by breathing.
    • 1906, S. D. Gordon, Quiet Talks on Service[2]:
      And always remember that every mental power is a gift from Him; that actual power in life must be through Him only; and that mental gifts are not serviceable save as they are ever inbreathed by His own Spirit.
    • 1894, A. J. Gordon, The Ministry of the Spirit[3]:
      Both the scribe and the Scripture, both the man of God and the word of God were divinely inbreathed.
  3. (transitive) To draw in as breath; inhale; inspire.
    • 1913, Stephen Graham, A Tramp's Sketches[4]:
      I had inbreathed their mystery and outbreathed it again as my own.