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

Well, dogs can't sweat, making panting their only defense against heatstroke and fatigue. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "This Dog Collar Can Protect Your Pooch From Heatstroke This Summer," 13 May 2019 Your feet will sweat a bit more when wearing shoes or boots with this sort of membrane layer. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Hiking Boots for Exploring the Outdoors," 9 Apr. 2019 Although this method is quite the opposite of a workout studio, celebrities like Selena Gomez and Demi Moore have flocked to Shape House’s five Los Angeles locations to sweat it out. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "6 Celebrity-Favorite Fitness Studios in Los Angeles," 12 Apr. 2019 The baseball vet posted a video to Instagram on Wednesday (January 2) of himself and Lopez sweating it out at their local gym. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Alex Rodriguez Loves Jennifer Lopez So Much, He Works Out to Her Music," 3 Jan. 2019 But, the line is more than just for sweating it out on the treadmill. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Cushnie and Carbon38 Come Together for the Athleisure of Your Dreams," 13 Sep. 2018 And getting out there and sweating it out on Boston Common for not very much money — not every actor wants to do that. Joel Brown, BostonGlobe.com, "Capturing the villainy of Richard III, from the inside out," 12 July 2018 The captain takes a day to think on it while Keith sweats it out. Tyler Mccarthy, Fox News, "'Deadliest Catch' Season 14, Episode 11 recap: A replacement captain is needed as the new season kicks off," 19 June 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Whereas dragging myself to exercise after a long day at work felt like an obligation, morning sweat was an accomplishment. Julia Sullivan, SELF, "How I Went From Hating Exercise to Becoming a Fitness Instructor in 5 Years," 3 May 2019 The roar of the crowd and the lights and the sweat pouring off. Tricia L. Nadolny, Philly.com, "Allentown's famed Cadets rise again after months of scandal and tumult," 3 July 2018 That's because this kind of heat -- currently making much of the country sweat -- can be especially dangerous for people like her, who take certain psychiatric drugs. Avichai Scher /, NBC News, "Here's a surprising extreme heat risk for 1 in 6 Americans," 28 June 2018 From indoor miniature golf to a new splash pad coming to Tempe, there are plenty of ways to stop the sweat and start the fun. Jerod Macdonald-evoy, azcentral, "Trying to beat the heat? Here are 5 fun, new ways to cool off in the East Valley," 2 June 2018 The study was co-funded by Intelligent Fingerprinting, which makes a drug test that uses the sweat from fingerprints to test for cocaine, cannabis, and opiate use. Emily Price, Fortune, "You May Have Traces of Cocaine or Heroin on Your Fingertips Right Now," 22 Mar. 2018 And for all their talk of revolution, these guys aren’t exactly busting a sweat on behalf of the common man. Alexander Nazaryan, Newsweek, "Donald Trump of New York: How ‘Resistance’ Leader Bill de Blasio Became City Hall’s Very Own Trump," 21 Mar. 2018 While rocking his classic one-leg-up-on-the-chair pose, Adam sported a long sleeve black top and orange sweats. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'The Voice' Coach Adam Levine Divided Fans With His Bold Battle Rounds Outfit," 31 Mar. 2019 Hadid was photographed exiting her car and heading into the front door of the NYC apartment building, wearing gray sweats and a peacoat. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Gigi Hadid Was Seen at Zayn Malik's Apartment After They Broke Up," 17 Jan. 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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