[ per-spahyuh r ]
/ pərˈspaɪər /

verb (used without object), per·spired, per·spir·ing.

to secrete a salty, watery fluid from the sweat glands of the skin, especially when very warm as a result of strenuous exertion; sweat.

verb (used with object), per·spired, per·spir·ing.

to emit through pores; exude.

Origin of perspire

1640–50; < Latin perspīrāre to blow constantly (said of the wind), breathe through; in New Latin: to sweat imperceptibly. See per-, inspire

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British Dictionary definitions for perspired

/ (pəˈspaɪə) /


to secrete or exude (perspiration) through the pores of the skin

Derived forms of perspire

perspiringly, adverb

Word Origin for perspire

C17: from Latin perspīrāre to blow, from per- (through) + spīrāre to breathe; compare inspire
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Medical definitions for perspired

[ pər-spīr ]


To excrete perspiration through the pores of the skin.
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