perspire

verb
per·​spire | \ pər-ˈspī(-ə)r How to pronounce perspire (audio) \
perspired; perspiring

Definition of perspire

intransitive verb

: 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.
Recent Examples on the Web By the end of the debate, Kennedy, tanned and relaxed, appeared to have triumphed over a sickly looking Nixon, who had been noticeably perspiring under Mr. Hymes’s lights. Richard Sandomir, New York Times, "Phil Hymes, Who Lit ‘Saturday Night Live,‘ Dies at 96," 2 Aug. 2019 Basically, a dormant woody tree or shrub sitting out in the cold of winter doesn’t perspire. Paul Cappiello, The Courier-Journal, "Ever wonder how plants handle winter weather like wind chill? The answer? It's about water," 31 Jan. 2020 Melted into a blanket of perspiring nuttiness, splashed with a sea of dressing that spills out the sandwich’s sides. Kara Baskin, BostonGlobe.com, "How to eat like a local on Beacon Hill," 13 Aug. 2019 To define them briefly, today’s saunas are high-heat, vented rooms for relaxing and perspiring. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "A Home Sauna Is the Best Gift You Will Ever Give Yourself," 18 Oct. 2019 By the end of the debate, Kennedy, tanned and relaxed, appeared to have triumphed over a sickly looking Nixon who had been noticeably perspiring under Mr. Hymes’s lights. Richard Sandomir, BostonGlobe.com, "Phil Hymes, 96, who lit ‘Saturday Night Live’," 3 Aug. 2019 In an effort to cool down, humans perspire by sweating liquid water, but plants transpire by sweating gaseous water vapor. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, ""Corn sweat" makes heat wave even more dangerous," 22 July 2019 Players still wanting to show off their bare arms may rub Vaseline on their arms to ward off the wind, while others will spray Right Guard to make sure the body doesn’t perspire—keeping skin dry and, therefore, warmer. Tim Newcomb, Popular Mechanics, "How NFL Fields, and Players, Stay Warm for Winter Games," 16 Jan. 2019 Some people perspire gently, appearing (at most) dewy after a workout or under scorching mid-August sun. Sarah Wu, Glamour, "This Is the Best Natural Deodorant No One's Talking About," 12 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of perspire

circa 1682, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for perspire

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

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“Perspire.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perspire. Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for perspire

perspire

verb
How to pronounce perspire (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of perspire

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

perspire

verb
per·​spire | \ pər-ˈspīr How to pronounce perspire (audio) \
perspired; perspiring

Kids Definition of perspire

: to give off salty liquid through the skin
per·​spire | \ pər-ˈspī(ə)r How to pronounce perspire (audio) \
perspired; perspiring

Medical Definition of perspire

: to emit matter through the skin specifically : to secrete and emit perspiration

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