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sweat

verb \ ˈswet \

Definition of sweat

sweat or sweated; sweating
intransitive verb
1 a :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
2 a :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
5 a :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
7 a :to extract something valuable from by unfair or dishonest means :fleece
b :to remove particles of metal from (a coin) by abrasion
8 a :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

Examples of sweat in a Sentence

  1. He sweats a lot when he exercises.

  2. They sweated and saved so their children could go to college.

  3. We'll let them sweat a while longer.

  4. We'll let them sweat it out for a while longer.

  5. “The car won't start—what are we going to do?” “Don't sweat it. I know all about fixing cars.”

Origin and Etymology of sweat

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

sweat Synonyms

Synonyms
bang away, beaver (away), dig (away), drudge, endeavor, fag, grub, hump, hustle, moil, peg (away), plod, plow, plug, slave, slog, strain, strive, struggle, labor, toil, travail, tug, work
Related Words
apply (oneself), buckle (down), dig in, hammer (away), knuckle down, pitch in; attack, drive; essay, try; exercise, exert, overexert, overwork; eke out, grind (out), put out, scrabble, scratch; trudge, wade
Near Antonyms
break, ease (up), let up, slacken; bum, chill, dally, dillydally, footle, goldbrick, goof (off), hack (around), hang (around or out), idle, laze, loaf, lounge, shirk, slack (off), veg out; bask, loll, relax, repose, rest, unwind; dabble, doodle, fool around, fribble, goof (around), hang, hang about [British], mess around, monkey (around), play, potter (around), putter (around), trifle

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sweat

noun

Definition of sweat

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
4 a :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

Examples of sweat in a Sentence

  1. We were drenched in sweat after the workout.

  2. The runners were dripping with sweat.

  3. Her forehead was covered with beads of sweat.

  4. It took a lot of sweat and toil to build the house.

  5. We helped them not with money but with our blood and sweat.

Recent Examples of sweat from the Web

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First Known Use of sweat

13th century


SWEAT Defined for English Language Learners

sweat

verb

Definition of sweat for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of sweat for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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sweat

verb \ ˈswet \

Definition of sweat for Students

sweat or sweated; sweating
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.

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sweat

noun

Definition of sweat for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

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sweat

intransitive verb \ ˈswet \

medical Definition of sweat

sweat or sweated; sweating
:to excrete moisture in visible quantities through the opening of the sweat glands :perspire

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sweat

noun

medical Definition of sweat

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

sweaty

play \\ adjective sweatier; sweatiest


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