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.
Recent Examples of perspire from the Web
In the kitchen, the woman who runs the restaurant, Nguyên Thi Liên, was smiling, perspiring, and clearly overwhelmed.
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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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