verb (used without object), per·spired, per·spir·ing.
verb (used with object), per·spired, per·spir·ing.
Origin of perspire
Examples from the Web for perspire
I was beginning to perspire; for the first time, I felt a flicker of anxiety.
You will usually find that your face will perspire freely within a few minutes after being in the bath.Vitality Supreme|Bernarr Macfadden
They are hot and uncomfortable, and increase the tendency to perspire.
He passed one of his great hands across his forehead as though his attempt had made him perspire.The Twins of Suffering Creek|Ridgwell Cullum
You should just have seen him giving her abominable thrashings, which made her perspire all over.L'Assommoir|Emile Zola
Perhaps we were not aware that we should perspire profusely, and be dead-tired getting up and down the ladders?
British Dictionary definitions for perspire
Word Origin for perspire
Word Origin and History for perspire
1640s, "to evaporate through the pores," a back-formation from perspiration and in part from Latin perspirare "to breathe, to blow constantly" (see perspiration). Meaning "to sweat" is a polite usage attested from 1725. Medical men tried to maintain a distinction between "sensible" (sweat) and "insensible" perspiration:
[I]t is sufficient for common use to observe, that perspiration is that insensible discharge of vapour from the whole surface of the body and the lungs which is constantly going on in a healthy state; that it is always natural and always salutary; that sweat, on the contrary, is an evacuation, which never appears without some uncommon effort, or some disease to the system, that it weakens and relaxes, and is so far from coinciding with perspiration, that it obstructs and checks it. [Charles White, "A Treatise on the Management of Pregnant and Lying-in Women," London, 1791]
Related: Perspired; perspiring.