Breath and Breathe
The Quick AnswerWhat is the difference between breath and breathe?
A breath (which rhymes with death) is the air inhaled or exhaled during breathing.
To breathe (rhymes with seethe) means to inhale and expel air from the lungs.
Breath and BreatheWriters occasionally confuse the words breath and breathe.
BreathThe word breath is a noun that denotes the air either inhaled or exhaled during breathing. Colloquially, it can also mean a short pause (e.g., Take a breath and try again.)
Of note, breath rhymes with death.
- Paul pinched his nose, took a breath and jumped off the boat.
- He would fight until his last breath.
BreatheThe word breathe (which rhymes with seethe) is a verb with the following closely related meanings:
To inhale and expel air from the lungs.
- Virtually all fish breathe through gills.
- Is she breathing? (Note: Breathe drops the e when ing is added.)
- The new synthetic material can breathe to prevent moisture building up against the skin.
- He breathed new life into the project.
- He breathed a sigh of relief.