Definition of perspire
: to emit matter through the skin; specifically : to secrete and emit perspiration
Examples of perspire in a sentence
I was nervous and could feel myself start to perspire.
She ran two miles and wasn't even perspiring.
Origin and Etymology of perspire
French perspirer, from Middle French, from Latin per- through + spirare to blow, breathe — more at per-
First Known Use: circa 1682
PERSPIRE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of perspire for English Language Learners
: to produce a clear liquid from your skin when you are hot or nervous
PERSPIRE Defined for Kids
Definition of perspire for Students
: to give off salty liquid through the skin
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