|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:
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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.