sweat equity


Definition of 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 Some stores’ impressive profits represent in part an owner-operator’s sweat equity. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, 16 Oct. 2021 The cost of a share to buy into full worker-ownership is $1,450, but workers can choose to contribute sweat equity toward that sum from their hourly pay, starting at $7.25 an hour. Nikishka Iyengar, Bon Appétit, 8 Oct. 2021 Everyone who receives a house from Buckner puts in sweat equity, and Peña and her son worked from dawn to dusk to prepare the site by breaking down existing concrete with a sledgehammer and clearing it out. Holly Haber, Dallas News, 1 Sep. 2021 Jasmine Sadler and Erika Wise don’t own a home, and both have had to fund their startups out of sweat equity and savings. Barbara Bry, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 Sep. 2021 For the good will from his sweat equity, Robbie offered Jones a minority interest in the team. Barry Horn, Dallas News, 15 Sep. 2021 Total medical knowledge is doubling every 73 days, requiring the sweat equity needed just to keep up. Shakeel Ahmed, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Taking care of your garden can require a significant investment of time and sweat equity. Jennifer Aldrich, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Sep. 2021 The two weeks allowed Strus to work with the same coaches who had shared in the sweat equity on the Heat’s practice court, including assistants such as Allen, Caron Butler, Eric Glass. Ira Winderman, sun-sentinel.com, 19 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of sweat equity

1950, in the meaning defined above

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21 Oct 2021

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“Sweat equity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sweat%20equity. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sweat equity

: value in a property, business, etc., that results from the work that a person does to improve it also : the work itself


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