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 Crisp some bacon lardons and set them aside, then sweat diced aromatics in the bacon fat. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "What to do with all the fresh corn popping up right now," 10 Sep. 2020 Rood and Sarfaty agree that people over age 65 have a diminished ability to sweat, a function that helps cool the body down and prevent heat exhaustion or potentially life-threatening heat stroke. AZCentral.com, "In Phoenix, rising temperatures day and night kill more people each year," 27 Aug. 2020 And for Harper, that's what working out and staying fit is all about right now — finding a new, exciting, and healthy way to sweat every day. Kelsey Hurwitz, Woman's Day, "Bob Harper’s Trick To Staying Fit In Quarantine Is So Simple Almost Anyone Can Do It," 21 July 2020 Don’t sweat it if weekday obligations force you to sit out the opening act that begins at 30 minutes before sunrise Tuesday. Matt Williams, Dallas News, "Dove hunting season preview: Hunters will go far afield in quest for popular game bird," 29 Aug. 2020 Don’t sweat it if weekday obligations force you to sit out the opening act that begins at 30 minutes before sunrise on the first Tuesday of September. Matt Williams, ExpressNews.com, "In the age of COVID-19, dove hunting a respite," 20 Aug. 2020 From activewear brands like Rhone and Zella, these tees are designed not only to fit loosely (but not too loosely) but they’re also made with breathable materials that wick away sweat and keep you cool and comfortable. Courtney Campbell, USA TODAY, "The 16 best deals you can get for under $25 at Nordstrom's massive sale," 14 Aug. 2020 The nature of the sport requires players to hit, sweat upon and breathe upon each other. Star Tribune, "Props to the NHL and Commissioner Gary Bettman for saving its season," 2 Aug. 2020 The dreams of thousands of young men who sweat and grind and sacrifice, yes. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "Let's quit acting like preserving Big Ten football is about the players," 11 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This reduces the risk of sweat and moisture build-up that can become trapped beneath the surface during workouts—a common issue with wall-to-wall carpet in workout rooms. Sarah Baird, Good Housekeeping, "DIY Home-Gym Floor," 14 Sep. 2020 This reduces the risk of sweat and moisture build-up that can become trapped beneath the surface during workouts—a common issue with wall-to-wall carpet in workout rooms. Sarah Baird, House Beautiful, "DIY Home-Gym Floor," 14 Sep. 2020 Take a long walk at Buffalo Bayou without dissolving into a puddle of sweat. Abigail Rosenthal, Houston Chronicle, "Houston didn't get this cold front. Here's what I'm going to do when we finally get one.," 10 Sep. 2020 The touchscreen is responsive and holds up to drops of sweat. Steph Coelho, chicagotribune.com, "Hydrow review: Can this rowing machine replace your gym membership?," 9 Sep. 2020 After his shift, Samuel ran home to shower off his dishwasher’s coating of sweat and grease. Caleb Crain, The Atlantic, "Trajectory," 9 Sep. 2020 To notice their dumb tattoos, smell their odors of sweat and perfume, surreptitiously read their text messages. Naomi Fry, The New Yorker, "The Photographer Peeking at Your Phone," 3 Sep. 2020 In 2018 the Republican candidates won those seats without much of a sweat. Dallas News, "National Democrats add 3 North Texas seats to 2020 GOP congressional targets," 26 Aug. 2020 Heat waves and fires throughout the West have left many of us in what seems to be an interminable state of sweat and existential dread. Sunset Magazine, "Beat the Heat with This Immersive Virtual Tour of Kenai Fjords National Park," 24 Aug. 2020

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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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The first known use of sweat was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

19 Sep 2020

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“Sweat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweat. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for sweat

sweat

verb
How to pronounce sweat (audio)

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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