Pronunciation Noun

sweat (uncountable)

  1. Fluid that exits the body through pores in the skin usually due to physical stress and/or high temperature for the purpose of regulating body temperature and removing certain compounds from the circulation.
    Synonyms: perspiration
  2. The state of one who sweats; diaphoresis.
    Just thinking about the interview tomorrow puts me into a nervous sweat.
  3. (British, slang, military slang, especially WWI) A soldier (especially one who is old or experienced).
  4. (historical) The sweating sickness.
    • 2009, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Fourth Estate 2010, page 131:
      When the sweat comes back this summer, 1528, people say, as they did last year, that you won't get it if you don't think about it.
  5. Moisture issuing from any substance.
    the sweat of hay or grain in a mow or stack
  6. A short run by a racehorse as a form of exercise.
  7. (uncountable) Hard work; toil.
Synonyms Translations Translations Verb

sweat (sweats, present participle sweating; past and past participle sweated)

  1. (intransitive) To emit sweat.
    Synonyms: perspire
  2. (transitive) To cause to excrete moisture through skin.
    1. To cause to perspire.
      His physicians attempted to sweat him by most powerful sudorifics.
  3. (intransitive, informal) To work hard.
    Synonyms: slave, slog
    I've been sweating over my essay all day.
  4. (transitive, informal) To extract money, labour, etc. from, by exaction or oppression.
    to sweat a spendthrift
    to sweat labourers
  5. (intransitive, informal) To worry.
    Synonyms: fret, worry
  6. (transitive, colloquial) To worry about (something). [from 20th c.]
    • 2010, Brooks Barnes, "Studios battle to save Narnia", The New York Times, 5 Dec 2010:
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  7. (transitive) To emit, in the manner of sweat.
    to sweat blood
    • With exercise she sweat ill humors out.
  8. (intransitive) To emit moisture.
    The cheese will start sweating if you don't refrigerate it.
  9. (intransitive, plumbing) To solder (a pipe joint) together.
  10. (transitive, slang) To stress out.
    Stop sweatin' me!
  11. (transitive, intransitive, cooking) To cook slowly at low heat, in shallow oil and without browning, to reduce moisture content.
  12. (transitive, archaic) To remove a portion of (a coin), as by shaking it with others in a bag, so that the friction wears off a small quantity of the metal.
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  13. (intransitive) To suffer a penalty; to smart for one's misdeeds.
  14. (transitive) To scrape the sweat from (a horse).
Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: suar
  • Russian: вка́лывать
  • Spanish: sudar (colloquial)
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