sweat

verb
\ ˈswet How to pronounce sweat (audio) \
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

Obstructing skin pores with cosmetics while sweating can lead to heat rash or acne, says Adam Friedman, dermatology professor at George Washington University in Washington D.C. Anne Marie Chaker, WSJ, "Sneakers? Check. Mascara? Check. Makeup is the New Workout Gear," 22 Jan. 2019 Some of his images, like one of sweating young women scrubbing sheets in a haze of boiling steam, are quite beautiful. Martin Brennan, New York Times, "Review: Sinfulness and Scares Behind ‘The Devil’s Doorway’," 12 July 2018 Just look at the glorious autumn swagger Meghan is walking with, clearly not sweating buckets and trying to figure out the fastest way to get Gatorade into her system. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Meghan Markle, Like the Rest of Us, Is Clearly Ready for Summer to Be Over," 10 July 2018 In the parking lot outside the shelter, Ben Stanfill sat sweating on a rock, his motorcycle helmet propped on a smaller rock at his feet. Karen Pearlman, latimes.com, "Brush fires fueled by high heat, winds slam San Diego County," 7 July 2018 Couldn’t sweat, couldn’t do anything for like the first two months. Clevis Murray, azcentral, "Former Suns guard Isaiah Canaan confident he'll be ready by training camp," 29 June 2018 In fact, the reason the Sahel gets slightly cooler is that the plants' release of water vapor cool off the surface, just as sweating cools your skin on a hot day. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "Carpeting Sahara with wind and solar farms could make it rain," 8 Sep. 2018 And especially for those who aren't sweating, go into a cold shower to cool the body down. Anna Groves, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meds leave mentally ill vulnerable during rising temps, so take care with the Milwaukee-area heat wave," 29 June 2018 There really is no other museum like the City Museum, and its name is spoken with reverence by all who have sweated here. Kate Silver, chicagotribune.com, "You're going where? St. Louis," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Entireworld’s initial run of sweat ensembles sold out in most sizes within weeks. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, "Is It Ever OK to Wear a Sweatsuit Out in the World?," 27 Feb. 2019 In a heat wave, humans sweat and try to avoid heat exhaustion. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "It’s too soon to tell if the Great Barrier Reef’s bleaching was a catastrophe," 27 July 2018 Cobb County’s graduates are off to their next phases in life, some of which include continuing to sweat in the Georgia heat of summer. Ben Brasch, ajc, "See where Cobb’s valedictorians are going to college and their GPAs," 30 May 2018 That's reason for the left to sweat, even though Democrats in Florida have pushed their candidates over the top recently on election day. David Smiley, miamiherald, "Tuesday is special-election day in Miami. Here's what you need to know. | Miami Herald," 30 Apr. 2018 Butler has dropped to 41st in RPI, and that is where bubble teams go to sweat. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Slipping away? Butler testing NCAA tournament bubble with loss to last-place St. John's," 28 Feb. 2018 The UW-Milwaukee men’s basketball coach didn’t have too much to sweat Thursday night as the Panthers coasted to a 73-49 victory over Detroit at Calihan Hall. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Panthers enjoy smooth sailing," 22 Feb. 2018 Throughout her pregnancy, Kardashian has been sharing her sweat-inducing maternity workouts on social media. Karen Mizoguchi, PEOPLE.com, "Khloé Kardashian Talks Pregnancy Cravings and Already Being 'Really Excited to Get My Body Back'," 25 Jan. 2018 The models frequent Dogpound, a Tribeca gym that uses everything from boxing and bands to incline treadmills in their sweat-inducing workouts. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "9 New York Fitness Studios That Models Swear By," 15 Feb. 2019

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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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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
informal : 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 How to pronounce sweat (audio) \
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 How to pronounce sweat (audio) \
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 How to pronounce sweaty (audio) \ adjective sweatier; sweatiest

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