perspire

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verb per·spire \pər-ˈspī(-ə)r\

Definition of perspire

perspired

perspiring

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to emit matter through the skin; specifically :  to secrete and emit perspiration

Examples of perspire in a sentence

  1. I was nervous and could feel myself start to perspire.

  2. 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

perspire

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verb per·spire \pər-ˈspī(-ə)r\

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

perspire

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verb per·spire \pər-ˈspīr\

Definition of perspire for Students

perspired

perspiring

  1. :  to give off salty liquid through the skin


Medical Dictionary

perspire

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intransitive verb per·spire \pər-ˈspī(ə)r\

Medical Definition of perspire

perspired

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perspiring

  1. :  to emit matter through the skin; specifically :  to secrete and emit perspiration


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