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11:57 May 15, 2002
English to Latin translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary / installation
English term or phrase: breathe
This word will be used on its own but in many different languages for an art installation

Summary of answers provided
4 +1Spirare, respirare, spiritum ducereChris Rowson
Antoinette Verburg



12 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5

The infinitive '(to) breathe' is 'spirare' in Latin.

    Reference: http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/cgi-bin/morphindex?lookup=spira...
Antoinette Verburg
Local time: 02:59
Native speaker of: Native in DutchDutch
PRO pts in pair: 8
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37 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +1
Spirare, respirare, spiritum ducere

Spirare (as given by mirror) is a good plain option.

Respirare - well I am not so sure exactly what the difference is, it is perhaps more medical.

Spiritum ducere - to lead/bring the breath is more spiritual.

Chris Rowson
Local time: 02:59
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 28

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  David Wigtil: But...does DANAE want an imperative form, perhaps?
9 mins
  -> Possibly, but I assumed that for this purpose it should be a word floating in space. Some languages don´t have imperatives.

neutral  Antoinette Verburg: Hi Chris, I thought 'respirare' and 'spiritum ducere' only mean 'to breathe OUT, exhale', but perhaps I'm wrong.
17 hrs
  -> Hi! I am not sure of the implications of respirare, but I think ducere works both ways. But unless someone else confirms or improves, Danae (evocative name!) would be best to play safe with "spirare". Or are "spirare" and "respirare" in and out, perhaps?
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