An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
1. (to expel air from the lungs)
a. to exhale
Contén la respiración por diez segundos y espira.Hold your breath for ten seconds and exhale.
b. to breathe out
"Aspiren y espiren lenta y profundamente", dijo el instructor de yoga."Breathe in and breathe out slowly and deeply," said the yoga instructor.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
2. (to emit)
a. to give off
Las velas aromáticas espiran olor a vainilla.The aromatic candles give off a vanilla smell.
3. (to expel from the lungs)
a. to exhale
La oruga espiró el humo del narguile y me preguntó quién era yo.The caterpillar exhaled the smoke from the hookah and asked me who I was.
b. to breath out
Aspira el vapor por la nariz y espíralo por la boca.Breathe the vapor in through your nose and breathe it out through your mouth.
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transitive verb
[+aire, humo] to breathe out; exhale; [+olor] to give off; give out;
intransitive verb
to breathe out; exhale
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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