ADV. fast, quickly, rapidly | slowly | deeply | shallowly | hard, heavily They were both breathing hard from the steep climb. | gently | easily, steadily She was beginning to breathe more easily. | normally, properly I can't breathe properly?I'm gasping for air! | raggedly He was breathing raggedly, mouth open. | in, out She breathed slowly in and out.
VERB + BREATHE can/can't, could/couldn't, could barely/hardly/scarcely | not dare He hardly dared breathe in case they heard him.
PREP. through Always breathe through your nose.
2 say quietly
ADV. huskily, softly ‘I love you, ’ she breathed softly.