Definition of 'gasp'
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This is the last gasp of summer. Times, Sunday Times (2016)And yet soon, they were back into gasping for breath. Times, Sunday Times (2017)I was gasping for air but couldn't get any in. The Sun (2016)Mary caught her breath in a short gasp and felt herself turn pale. The Secret Garden (1911)Some had their mouths open as if gasping for a last breath. Times, Sunday Times (2013)Our descendants will gasp in horror at our disregard. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The following morning the pond was seriously cloudy and smelly and the fish were gasping for air. Times, Sunday Times (2008)They gasp for breath and gush sweat. Times, Sunday Times (2013)After only the first sentence there were gasps of surprise and pleasure. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Her weight lay on their arms and she gasped in pain at his brutal grasp. THE WOLF AND THE DOVEIt was a miss which drew audible gasps from the fans and from the media. The Sun (2006)My boyfriend gasps in horror and we go to bed not talking. The Sun (2011)Aislinn gasped in pain and bit her lips against crying out. THE WOLF AND THE DOVEBut all cheers dried into audible gasps of shock. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Five million people up and down the country will gasp in horror. Times, Sunday Times (2013)She took a gasp of breath and glanced aside. SOMEDAY MY PRINCE (1999)She gasped in surprise but abruptly hid her astonishment from her mother who looked up at the sound. THE WOLF AND THE DOVEDanlo took in a quick gasp of air and held it until his lungs burned with the urge to breathe. The Broken God (1993)The only sound from the 4,000 people watching is a collective gasp of awe. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Exit Ghost is rumoured to be his last gasp. Times, Sunday Times (2007)He gasped for air, and blood sprayed from his mouth. The Broken God (1993)It is, at times, so moving it will make you want to gasp or cry. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It's made us laugh, gasp and cry. The Sun (2015)There were only sporadic moments of virtuosity from Pelé, but enough of them draw gasps of admiration from the starstruck throng. Times, Sunday Times (2006)While drawing gasps of astonishment from residents, the snowflakes failed to make an impact on the ground, where they melted into large grey puddles. Times, Sunday Times (2008)
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Translations for 'gasp'
British English: gasp NOUN
A gasp is a short quick breath of air that you take in through your mouth, especially when you are surprised, shocked, or in pain.
An audible gasp went round the court as the jury announced the verdict.
British English: gasp VERB
When you gasp, you take a short quick breath through your mouth, especially when you are surprised, shocked, or in pain.
She gasped for air and drew in a lungful of water.
Definition of gasp from the Collins English Dictionary
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