Breath (rhymes with death) denotes the air inhaled or exhaled during breathing. To breathe (rhymes with seethe) means to inhale and expel air from the lungs.
Writers occasionally confuse the words breath and breathe.
BreathThe word breath is a noun. It denotes the air that is either inhaled or exhaled during breathing. Colloquially, it can also mean a short pause (e.g., Take a breath and try again.) 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 is a verb. It rhymes with seethe. It has the following closely related meanings:
Select the correct version:
Native English speakers only tend to confuse breath and breathe in writing. Therefore, if you use the e on the end of breathe to remind you that the ea is pronounced EE (i.e., breathe rhymes with seethe), then you will eliminate this error.
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