perspire

verb per·spire \ pər-ˈspī(-ə)r \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of perspire

perspired; perspiring
intransitive verb
: 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.

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Origin and Etymology of perspire

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


PERSPIRE Defined for English Language Learners

perspire

verb

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

verb per·spire \ pər-ˈspīr \

Definition of perspire for Students

perspired; perspiring
: to give off salty liquid through the skin

Medical Dictionary

perspire

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

medical Definition of perspire

perspired; perspiring
: to emit matter through the skin; specifically : to secrete and emit perspiration


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