gasp for

phr verb
Gasp for is used with these nouns as the object: ↑air, ↑breath

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  • gasp for — strain to obtain (air) by gasping. → gasp …   English new terms dictionary

  • 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 — I n. 1) to emit, give, let out a gasp 2) an audible gasp 3) a gasp for (a gasp for breath) 4) (misc.) the last gasp ( the last effort ) II v. 1) (d; intr.) to gasp at ( to express surprise at ) (they gasped at our offer) 2) (D; intr.) ( to… …   Combinatory dictionary

  • gasp — I UK [ɡɑːsp] / US [ɡæsp] verb [intransitive] Word forms gasp : present tense I/you/we/they gasp he/she/it gasps present participle gasping past tense gasped past participle gasped mainly literary * a) to breathe in suddenly, for example because… …   English dictionary

  • gasp — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ big, great ▪ little, short, small ▪ quick, sharp, sudden …   Collocations dictionary

  • gasp — gasp1 [ gæsp ] verb intransitive MAINLY LITERARY * to breathe in suddenly, for example because you are surprised, shocked, or in pain: gasp at: I literally gasped at how beautiful it was. He gasped as the freezing water hit his body. a. to make a …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • gasp — gasp1 [ga:sp US gæsp] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old Norse; Origin: geispa to yawn ] 1.) [I and T] to breathe in suddenly in a way that can be heard, especially because you are surprised or in pain gasp in/with ▪ Ollie gasped with pain and slumped… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • gasp — 1 verb (I, T) 1 to breathe in suddenly, quickly, and in a way that can be heard, especially because you are surprised or afraid: “My leg! My leg!” he gasped. “I think it s broken!” (+ with): Ollie gasped with pain and slumped forward. (+ at): The …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • gasp — /gæsp / (say gasp), /gasp / (say gahsp) noun 1. a sudden, short breath; convulsive effort to breathe. 2. a short, convulsive utterance, especially as a result of fear or surprise. –verb (i) 3. to catch the breath, or struggle for breath, with… …   Australian English dictionary

  • gasp — verb 1》 catch one s breath with an open mouth, owing to pain or astonishment.     ↘(gasp for) strain to obtain (air) by gasping. 2》 (be gasping for) Brit. informal be desperate to obtain or consume; crave: I m gasping for a drink! noun a… …   English new terms dictionary

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