Etymology
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suspire (v.)

mid-15c., suspiren, "to sigh," from Old French souspirer (Modern French soupirer), or directly from Latin suspirare "to draw a deep breath, heave a sigh," from assimilated form of sub "under" (see sub-) + spirare "to breathe" (see spirit (n.)). By c. 1500 in the figurative sense of "yearn for, aspire." Related: Suspired; suspiring; suspirious.

updated on September 07, 2022

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