gasp

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noun
ADJECTIVE
big, great
little, short, small
quick, sharp, sudden
ragged (esp. AmE)
audible, loud
shocked, startled, surprised
strangled
involuntary
collective

You could hear a collective gasp from the audience.

VERB + GASP
give, let out
stifle
bring

The stunt brought shocked gasps from the audience.

hear
take, take in

He was taking in great gasps of air.

GASP + VERB
escape sb
PREPOSITION
between gasps

‘Listen carefully,’ he said, between gasps of breath.

in gasps

He leaned against the railing, his breath coming in short gasps.

with a gasp

She gave a little gasp of delight.

gasp of
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verb
ADVERB
almost
suddenly
aloud, audibly, loudly
breathlessly, softly
VERB + GASP
make sb

The cold made her gasp.

manage to

‘No!’ she managed to gasp.

PREPOSITION
at

She gasped at his boldness.

in

Denise almost gasped aloud in astonishment.

with

She was gasping with pain.

PHRASES
gasp for air, gasp for breath
leave sb gasping

Her breath went and left her gasping for air.

Gasp is used with these nouns as the subject: ↑audience

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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  • Gasp — (g[.a]sp), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Gasped} (g[.a]spt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Gasping}.] [OE. gaspen, gaispen, to yawn, gasp, Icel. geispa to yawn; akin to Sw. g[ a]spa, Dan. gispe to gasp.] 1. To open the mouth wide in catching the breath, or in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gasp — gasp·er; gasp·i·ness; gasp·ing·ly; gasp; …   English syllables

  • gasp — ► VERB 1) catch one s breath with an open mouth, from pain, breathlessness, or astonishment. 2) (gasp for) strain to obtain (air) by gasping. 3) (be gasping for) informal be desperate to have. ► NOUN ▪ a convulsive catching of breath …   English terms dictionary

  • Gasp — Gasp, n. The act of opening the mouth convulsively to catch the breath; a labored respiration; a painful catching of the breath. [1913 Webster] {At the last gasp}, at the point of death. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gasp — [gasp] vi. [ME gaspen < ON geispa, to yawn, prob. by metathesis of * geipsa < geipa, to gossip: for IE base see GAPE] to inhale suddenly, as in surprise, or breathe with effort, as in choking vt. to say or tell with gasps n. a gasping;… …   English World dictionary

  • gasp|y — «GAS pee, GAHS », adjective, gasp|i|er, gasp|i|est. out of breath; gasping …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gasp — Gasp, v. t. To emit or utter with gasps; with forth, out, away, etc. [1913 Webster] And with short sobs he gasps away his breath. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gasp — inter. ES ingl. {{wmetafile0}} spec. nel linguaggio dei fumetti, esprime sorpresa o sbigottimento; anche s.m.inv {{line}} {{/line}} DATA: sec. XX. ETIMO: da (to) gasp ansimare , di orig. onom …   Dizionario italiano

  • gasp — [n] sharply drawn breath blow, ejaculation, exclamation, gulp, heave, pant, puff, wheeze, whoop; concepts 163,595 gasp [v] draw breath in sharply blow, catch one’s breath, choke, convulse, fight for breath, gulp, heave, inhale, inspire, pant,… …   New thesaurus

  • gasp — ● gasp nom masculin Mouvement respiratoire inefficace d origine réflexe, phénomène terminal de l agonie …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • GASP — GASP,   Abkürzung für die Gemeinsame Außen und Sicherheitspolitik der Europäischen Union …   Universal-Lexikon

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