sweat or sweated; sweating
: to excrete moisture in visible quantities through the openings of the sweat glands : perspire
: to labor or exert oneself so as to cause perspiration
: to undergo anxiety or mental or emotional distress
sweat through final exams
: to manipulate or produce by hard work or drudgery
: to make wet with perspiration
: to cause to excrete moisture from the skin
: to drive hard : overwork
: to exact work from at low wages and under unfair or unhealthful conditions
slang : to give the third degree to
: to cause to exude or lose moisture
especially : to subject (something, such as tobacco leaves) to fermentation
: to extract something valuable from by unfair or dishonest means : fleece
: to remove particles of metal from (a coin) by abrasion
: 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
: to heat so as to extract an easily fusible constituent
sweat bismuth ore
: to sauté in a covered vessel until natural juices are exuded
slang : to worry about
doesn't sweat the small stuff—Barry McDermott
: moisture issuing from or gathering in drops on a surface
: a state of anxiety or impatience
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. See More
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VerbStudents start to sweat, fan themselves and shut down. —Becca Savransky, ProPublica, 13 Apr. 2023 Sheeran’s production team is starting to sweat. —Brian Hiatt, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2023 Shivering against the cold or sweating to shed excess heat takes a toll on the body, scientists have found, damaging vital organs and compromising the immune system's ability to fight off infection. —The Arizona Republic, 5 Apr. 2023 The pilgrims, sweating in the morning heat and humidity, would look forward to the cool shade of the forest at the end of their journey. —Mahima Jain, WIRED, 18 Mar. 2023 Some favorite labels include The Row, Toteme, and, of course, her Palm Heights Athletics sweats. —Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 17 Mar. 2023 Old people don’t like to shiver all winter or sweat all summer. —Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 16 Mar. 2023
NounSee below for the 18 best pairs of sweat and moisture-wicking underwear in 2023. —Emily Shiffer, womenshealthmag.com, 17 May 2023 Thinksport Face and Body Sunscreen Stick for Kids in SPF 30 up in water, sweat, and dirt too. —Lorraine Wilde, Treehugger, 16 May 2023 Bouts of sweats, flushing and chills can last for several minutes, the FDA said. —Mike Snider, USA TODAY, 13 May 2023 Acne body wash, specifically, is formulated with potent ingredient concoctions that, just like a face cleanser, help target breakouts, keep new pimples from popping up, and even sort out some of the causes of body breakouts such as excess oil production, dirt and debris, sweat, and dry skin. —Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 13 May 2023 The sunscreen is water and sweat resistant for up to 80 minutes and is approved for all skin types. —Sabrina Talbert, Women's Health, 12 May 2023 Consider sweat and water-resistant sunscreen and try to reapply every two hours. —Alyssa Hui, Health, 11 May 2023 Their sweat, blood, and the fabric that soaked it all up was immensely profitable for the empire. —Raksha Vasudevan, Harper's BAZAAR, 9 May 2023 Colorifix puts its products through a battery of tests for lightfastness, rub fastness, wash fastness, sweat, allergenicity, and more to ensure that the products are safe for human health and the environment. —John Cumbers, Forbes, 6 May 2023 See More
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