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perspire

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verb per·spire \pər-ˈspī(-ə)r\

Simple Definition of perspire

  • : to produce a clear liquid from your skin when you are hot or nervous

Full Definition of perspire

per·spiredper·spir·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to emit matter through the skin; specifically :  to secrete and emit perspiration

Examples of perspire

  1. I was nervous and could feel myself start to perspire.

  2. She ran two miles and wasn't even perspiring.



Origin of perspire

French perspirer, from Middle French, from Latin per- through + spirare to blow, breathe — more at per-


First Known Use: circa 1682


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perspire

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intransitive verb per·spire \pər-ˈspī(ə)r\

Medical Definition of perspire

per·spiredper·spir·ing

  1. :  to emit matter through the skin; specifically :  to secrete and emit perspiration




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