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verb, \ˈswet\

Simple Definition of sweat

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

  • : to work very hard

  • : to feel worried or nervous about something

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sweat

sweat or sweatedsweating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to excrete moisture in visible quantities through the openings of the sweat glands :  perspireb :  to labor or exert oneself so as to cause perspiration

  3. 2a :  to emit or exude moisture <cheese sweats in ripening>b :  to gather surface moisture in beads as a result of condensation <stones sweat at night>c (1) :  ferment (2) :  putrefy

  4. 3 :  to undergo anxiety or mental or emotional distress <sweat through final exams>

  5. 4 :  to become exuded through pores or a porous surface :  ooze

  6. transitive verb
  7. 1 :  to emit or seem to emit from pores :  exude

  8. 2 :  to manipulate or produce by hard work or drudgery

  9. 3 :  to get rid of or lose (weight) by or as if by sweating or being sweated

  10. 4 :  to make wet with perspiration

  11. 5a :  to cause to excrete moisture from the skinb :  to drive hard :  overworkc :  to exact work from at low wages and under unfair or unhealthful conditionsd slang :  to give the third degree to

  12. 6 :  to cause to exude or lose moisture; especially :  to subject (as tobacco leaves) to fermentation

  13. 7a :  to extract something valuable from by unfair or dishonest means :  fleeceb :  to remove particles of metal from (a coin) by abrasion

  14. 8a :  to heat (as solder) so as to melt and cause to run especially between surfaces to unite them; also :  to unite by such means <sweat a pipe joint>b :  to heat so as to extract an easily fusible constituent <sweat bismuth ore>c :  to sauté in a covered vessel until natural juices are exuded

  15. 9 slang :  to worry about <doesn't sweat the small stuff — Barry McDermott>

sweat blood
  1. :  to work or worry intensely <in preparing speeches each sweats blood in his own way — Stewart Cockburn>

Examples of sweat in a sentence

  1. He sweats a lot when he exercises.

  2. They sweated and saved so their children could go to college.

  3. We'll let them sweat a while longer.

  4. We'll let them sweat it out for a while longer.

  5. The car won't start—what are we going to do? Don't sweat it. I know all about fixing cars.

Origin of sweat

Middle English sweten, from Old English swǣtan, from swāt sweat; akin to Old High German sweiz sweat, Latin sudare to sweat, Greek hidrōs sweat

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with sweat




Simple Definition of sweat

  • : the clear liquid that forms on your skin when you are hot or nervous

  • : the state or condition of someone who is sweating

  • : hard work

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of sweat

  1. 1 :  hard work :  drudgery

  2. 2 :  the fluid excreted from the sweat glands of the skin :  perspiration

  3. 3 :  moisture issuing from or gathering in drops on a surface

  4. 4a :  the condition of one sweating or sweatedb :  a spell of sweating

  5. 5 :  a state of anxiety or impatience

  6. 6 plural a :  sweat suitb :  sweatpants

no sweat


  1. :  with little or no difficulty :  easily; also :  easy —often used interjectionally

Examples of sweat in a sentence

  1. We were drenched in sweat after the workout.

  2. The runners were dripping with sweat.

  3. Her forehead was covered with beads of sweat.

  4. It took a lot of sweat and toil to build the house.

  5. We helped them not with money but with our blood and sweat.

13th Century

First Known Use of sweat

13th century

SWEAT Defined for Kids



verb \ˈswet\

Definition of sweat for Students

sweat or sweatedsweating

  1. 1 :  to give off salty moisture through the pores of the skin :  perspire

  2. 2 :  to collect moisture on the surface <A pitcher of ice water sweats on a hot day.>

  3. 3 :  to work hard enough to perspire <She sweat over the lesson.>




Definition of sweat for Students

  1. 1 :  perspiration 2

  2. 2 :  moisture coming from or collecting in drops on a surface

  3. 3 :  the condition of a person or animal perspiring <We worked up a sweat.>

Medical Dictionary



intransitive verb \ˈswet\

Medical Definition of sweat

sweat or sweated; sweating

  1. :  to excrete moisture in visible quantities through the opening of the sweat glands :  perspire




Medical Definition of sweat

  1. 1:  the fluid excreted from the sweat glands of the skin :  perspiration

  2. 2:  abnormally profuse sweating—often used in plural <soaking sweats>

sweaty \-ē\play adjective sweatier; swest

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a timid, meek, or unassertive person

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