sweat equity


: equity in a property resulting from labor invested in improvements that increase its value
also : the labor so invested

Examples of sweat equity in a Sentence

He's built up a lot of sweat equity in his house. He put countless hours of sweat equity into that old house.
Recent Examples on the Web Then there is the tremendous sweat equity parents put into the school. Jennifer Berry Hawes, ProPublica, 18 May 2024 For those grinding through 15-hour work days and the inevitable late dinners that come with a side of indulgence, these industry breakthroughs could also benefit your personal health and sustainability, which directly enhances your sweat equity. Anna C Mallon, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 Building sweat equity requires patience and persistence. Rajesh Subramaniam, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 While her latest, Carved by the Garden, accrued more than $14,000, that came after spending more than $500 on crowdfunding promotion, plus lots of sweat equity. Kevin Purdy, Ars Technica, 23 Dec. 2023 Distance running requires mental fortitude, a lot of sweat equity, and great running shoes. Caroline Lubinsky, Men's Health, 16 Aug. 2023 All credit goes to our gritty teams and outstanding coaches and administrators, who day after day put in their sweat equity, displayed their fearless determination, and against all odds, took down the best of the best. Evan Dudley, al, 25 July 2023 But many of the squats, including the ones on 13th Street, were made livable, even desirable, through years of sweat equity. Dan Kois, Curbed, 16 Jan. 2023 But work performance and well-being don’t have to come at the expense of sweat equity, burnout or loss of mental and physical health. Bryan Robinson, Forbes, 4 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of sweat equity was in 1950

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“Sweat equity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweat%20equity. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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