sweat

verb
\ ˈswet \
sweat or sweated; sweating

Definition of sweat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to excrete moisture in visible quantities through the openings of the sweat glands : perspire
b : to labor or exert oneself so as to cause perspiration
2a : to emit or exude moisture cheese sweats in ripening
b : to gather surface moisture in beads as a result of condensation stones sweat at night
c(1) : ferment
(2) : putrefy
3 : to undergo anxiety or mental or emotional distress sweat through final exams
4 : to become exuded through pores or a porous surface : ooze

transitive verb

1 : to emit or seem to emit from pores : exude
2 : to manipulate or produce by hard work or drudgery
3 : to get rid of or lose (weight) by or as if by sweating or being sweated
4 : to make wet with perspiration
5a : to cause to excrete moisture from the skin
b : to drive hard : overwork
c : to exact work from at low wages and under unfair or unhealthful conditions
d slang : to give the third degree to
6 : to cause to exude or lose moisture especially : to subject (something, such as tobacco leaves) to fermentation
7a : to extract something valuable from by unfair or dishonest means : fleece
b : to remove particles of metal from (a coin) by abrasion
8a : to heat (something, such as solder) so as to melt and cause to run especially between surfaces to unite them also : to unite by such means sweat a pipe joint
b : to heat so as to extract an easily fusible constituent sweat bismuth ore
c : to sauté in a covered vessel until natural juices are exuded
9 slang : to worry about doesn't sweat the small stuff— Barry McDermott
sweat blood
: to work or worry intensely in preparing speeches each sweats blood in his own way— Stewart Cockburn

sweat

noun

Definition of sweat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : hard work : drudgery
2 : the fluid excreted from the sweat glands of the skin : perspiration
3 : moisture issuing from or gathering in drops on a surface
4a : the condition of one sweating or sweated
b : a spell of sweating
5 : a state of anxiety or impatience

6 sweats plural

no sweat
slang
: with little or no difficulty : easily also : easy often used interjectionally

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Examples of sweat in a Sentence

Verb

He sweats a lot when he exercises. They sweated and saved so their children could go to college. We'll let them sweat a while longer. We'll let them sweat it out for a while longer. “The car won't start—what are we going to do?” “Don't sweat it. I know all about fixing cars.”

Noun

We were drenched in sweat after the workout. The runners were dripping with sweat. Her forehead was covered with beads of sweat. It took a lot of sweat and toil to build the house. We helped them not with money but with our blood and sweat.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kids aren't going to be sweating as much [because of the mesh]. Laura Dannen Redman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: Michael Crooke, Head of WAYB, Wants to Make a Travel Car Seat Like You've Never Seen Before," 7 Nov. 2018 Taste of Chicago ends Sunday, which must be depressing to those who love standing out in the hot sun, sweating, eating fatty food in crowds and getting slimed by strangers committing the sin of Random Sweat Transfer. John Kass, chicagotribune.com, "For Mayor Globe-trotter, it's the money that matters," 13 July 2018 Michelangelo, the proud sculptor, found himself at age 35 lying flat on his back, sweating, painting the Sistine Chapel. Sam Anderson, New York Times, "New Sentences: From Helen DeWitt’s ‘Some Trick’," 27 June 2018 Tickets are already gone to people ready to sweat the night away. Justin Jacobs, Indianapolis Star, "Dead & Company and Imagine Dragons shows among top things to do in Indianapolis this June," 30 May 2018 Add the ginger/garlic paste and continue to sweat the mixture, creating no color. Nancy Miller, The Courier-Journal, "As Galt House gets a makeover, Rivue restaurant goes for local and fresh," 29 May 2018 For those who can’t be moved to sweat their way to a theater, there’s a full slate of Netflix original movies hitting the small screen this season. Eliza Berman, Time, "All the New Original Movies You Can Stream on Netflix This Summer," 25 May 2018 Unlike their older brother, the twins were able to sweat about the same amount as a normal baby. Michael Nedelman, CNN, "Twins treated for genetic disorder in the womb," 18 May 2018 Right now the only thing CDC is changing are stadiums and arenas, so Fort Worthians and TCU faithful don't need to sweat. Mac Engel, star-telegram, "Del Conte changing Texas, and not coming after TCU ... yet | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 9 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

But the normcore trend--the early-2010s phenomenon that elevated ordinary, egalitarian clothing like Champion sweats and North Face puffers into fashionable curiosities--also conferred new cachet on fleece. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "How the Humble Fleece Jacket Became High Fashion," 7 Jan. 2019 His board seemed nothing more than an expression of wealth trying to claim the counterculture of skateboarding, but exempting him from the difficult parts—the coordination, the road rash, the sweat. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "What Happened When I Rode a Boosted Board From New York to Philadelphia," 27 Dec. 2018 Going about my day without any particularly vigorous disturbances (other than the general face-palming one does on a regular basis), this stuff stayed put through the humidity and sweat of an NYC summer day. Sable Yong, Allure, "Exclusive: Maybelline New York Is Adding an Affordable, Long-Lasting Brow Pomade to Its Tattoo Studio Line," 6 Sep. 2018 Summer nights in the 70s seem part of the silent bargain many of us make with Washington weather, tolerating the inevitable sweat and scorch of the day in return for a bit of respite after dark. Martin Weil, Washington Post, "Washington saw days of swelter this week; the nights were pretty warm too," 6 July 2018 Blood, sweat and tears If the World Cup trophy were awarded to the team with the most guts and resilience, Croatia would run away with the voting. Juan Pimiento, chicagotribune.com, "Ronaldo's shock transfer, the World Cup semis and the best of the week in soccer," 12 July 2018 Our people put blood, sweat, and tears into this soil. Vic Mensa, Teen Vogue, "Vic Mensa: Don't Ask Me to Love America When It Doesn't Love Me," 4 July 2018 Over the past 40 years, hundreds of millions have done this, providing the blood, sweat and tears of China’s economic miracle. The Economist, "In China’s cities, young people with rural ties are angry," 3 May 2018 Literally my entire family has put their blood, sweat and tears into our business. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Santoro family’s success continues at Frankie’s Ristorante in Tinley Park," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of sweat

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for sweat

Verb

Middle English sweten, from Old English swǣtan, from swāt sweat; akin to Old High German sweiz sweat, Latin sudare to sweat, Greek hidrōs sweat

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More Definitions for sweat

sweat

verb

English Language Learners Definition of sweat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

: to work very hard

: to feel worried or nervous about something

sweat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of sweat (Entry 2 of 2)

: the clear liquid that forms on your skin when you are hot or nervous

: the state or condition of someone who is sweating

: hard work

sweat

verb
\ ˈswet \
sweat or sweated; sweating

Kids Definition of sweat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to give off salty moisture through the pores of the skin : perspire
2 : to collect moisture on the surface A pitcher of ice water sweats on a hot day.
3 : to work hard enough to perspire She sweat over the lesson.

sweat

noun

Kids Definition of sweat (Entry 2 of 2)

2 : moisture coming from or collecting in drops on a surface
3 : the condition of a person or animal perspiring We worked up a sweat.
\ ˈswet \
sweat or sweated; sweating

Medical Definition of sweat

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to excrete moisture in visible quantities through the opening of the sweat glands : perspire

sweat

noun

Medical Definition of sweat (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the fluid excreted from the sweat glands of the skin : perspiration
2 : abnormally profuse sweating often used in plural soaking sweats

Other Words from sweat

sweaty \ -​ē \ adjective sweatier; sweatiest

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