how to pronounce breathing


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the above transcription of breathing is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

breathing is pronounced in two syllables

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An example use of breathing in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… breathe what does breathing do to move …”

meanings of breathing


  1. Any gentle influence or operation; inspiration.
  2. A diacritical mark indicating aspiration or lack thereof.
  3. The act of respiration; a single instance of this.
  4. Aspiration; secret prayer.
  5. Time to recover one's breath; hence, a delay, a spell of time.


  1. Present participle of breathe.

breathing frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word breathing occurs in english on average 24.4 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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