verb (used without object), sweat or sweat·ed, sweat·ing.
verb (used with object), sweat or sweat·ed, sweat·ing.
- to obtain or extort (money) from someone.
- to extort money from; fleece.
- to heat (an alloy) in order to remove a constituent melting at a lower temperature than the alloy as a whole.
- to heat (solder or the like) to melting.
- to join (metal objects) by heating and pressing together, usually with solder.
- (of clothes) made to be worn for exercise, sports, or other physical activity.
- made of the absorbent fabric used for such clothes: sweat dresses.
- of, for, or associated with such clothes: the sweat look in sportswear.
- to await anxiously the outcome of; endure apprehensively: The accused sweated out the jury's deliberation.
- to work arduously at or toward: The director sweated out a camera angle with the cinematographer.
- to be under a strain; work strenuously.
- to wait anxiously; worry: He was sweating blood while his friend was being questioned by the police.
- to sweat profusely.
- to be apprehensive; worry.
- to wait anxiously; endure the best way one can: There was no news of survivors, so all we could do was sweat it.
- to worry; be apprehensive: You'll do OK, so don't sweat it.
Origin of sweat
Synonyms for sweat
Related Words for sweatsteam, perspiration, wilt, swelter, glow, toil, excretion, exudation, transudation, sudor, diaphoresis, chore, task, travail, work, slavery, labor, drudgery, moil, grind
Examples from the Web for sweat
Contemporary Examples of sweat
For nearly her entire life Beyoncé has been giving us her blood, sweat, and tears in her career.Bow Down, Bitches: How Beyoncé Turned an Elevator Brawl Into a Perfect Year
December 31, 2014
And how much do you need to sweat to stave off the disease that kills 500,000 people every year?Running 15 Miles a Week Could Slash Alzheimer’s Risk
December 12, 2014
He wipes beads of sweat from his brow, and extends his hand out towards the crowd.Revenge of the Rock Nerds: TV on the Radio’s Long Road to ‘Seeds’
December 3, 2014
Sweat poured from underneath his helmet and down the thin points of his sandy blond hair.
I tried to relax too, but I felt my stomach tighten and I began to sweat.
Historical Examples of sweat
The sweat glistened on their bodies, but their eyes gleamed fanatically.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Great beads of sweat stood on his brow and he wiped them away with his sleeve.Howard Pyle's Book of Pirates
Then I saw a bead of sweat trickle down his forehead, and I knew that he was beaten.Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
It was terrible work, like earning a living with the sweat of the brow.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
The sweat oozed from his shiny forehead as he backed cautiously away.Slaves of Mercury
verb sweats, sweating, sweat or sweated
- to work very hard
- to be filled with anxiety or impatience
Word Origin for sweat
Old English swætan "perspire, work hard," from the source of sweat (n.). Meaning "to be worried, vexed" is recorded from c.1400. Related: Sweated; sweating. Colloquial no sweat "no problem" attested from 1963.
Old English swat "sweat," which became Middle English swote, but altered under the influence of the verb, from Proto-Germanic *swaita (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian swet, Old Norse sveiti, Danish sved "sweat," Swedish svett, Middle Dutch sweet, Dutch zweet, Old High German sweiz, German Schweiß), from PIE *sweid-/*swoid- (cf. Sanskrit svedah "sweat," Avestan xvaeda- "sweat," Greek hidros "sweat, perspiration," Latin sudor, Lettish swiedri, Welsh chwys "sweat"). Sweat equity is from 1968.
In addition to the idioms beginning with sweat
- sweat blood
- sweat bullets
- sweat of one's brow
- sweat out
- by the sweat of one's brow
- in a cold sweat
- no problem (sweat)