verb \ˈswet\

: 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

sweat or sweat·edsweat·ing

Full Definition of SWEAT

intransitive verb
a :  to excrete moisture in visible quantities through the openings of the sweat glands :  perspire
b :  to labor or exert oneself so as to cause perspiration
a :  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
:  to undergo anxiety or mental or emotional distress <sweat through final exams>
:  to become exuded through pores or a porous surface :  ooze
transitive verb
:  to emit or seem to emit from pores :  exude
:  to manipulate or produce by hard work or drudgery
:  to get rid of or lose (weight) by or as if by sweating or being sweated
:  to make wet with perspiration
a :  to cause to excrete moisture from the skin
b :  to drive hard :  overwork
c :  to exact work from at low wages and under unfair or unhealthful conditions
d slang :  to give the third degree to
:  to cause to exude or lose moisture; especially :  to subject (as tobacco leaves) to fermentation
a :  to extract something valuable from by unfair or dishonest means :  fleece
b :  to remove particles of metal from (a coin) by abrasion
a :  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
slang :  to worry about <doesn't sweat the small stuff — Barry McDermott>
sweat blood
:  to work or worry intensely <in preparing speeches each sweats blood in his own way — Stewart Cockburn>

Examples of SWEAT

  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



: 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

Full Definition of SWEAT

:  hard work :  drudgery
:  the fluid excreted from the sweat glands of the skin :  perspiration
:  moisture issuing from or gathering in drops on a surface
a :  the condition of one sweating or sweated
b :  a spell of sweating
:  a state of anxiety or impatience
a :  sweat suit
b :  sweatpants
no sweat
:  with little or no difficulty :  easily; also :  easy —often used interjectionally

Examples of SWEAT

  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.

First Known Use of SWEAT

13th century


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