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.
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Idioms for sweat
- 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
synonym study for sweat
historical usage of sweat
OTHER WORDS FROM sweatsweatless, adjectivenon·sweat·ing, adjectiveun·sweat·ing, adjective
Words nearby sweat
How to use sweat in a sentence
Gyms operate in close quarters and in environments where you have heavy breathing, sweat and shared equipment — not the mix you want during a pandemic.Clean, Lean, Mean Machines: 5 Super COVID-Safe Gyms|Joshua Eferighe|August 28, 2020|Ozy
That’s why getting them to sniff sweat from cotton swabs is probably better, he says.Viral scents? Dogs sniff out coronavirus in human sweat|Sharon Oosthoek|August 19, 2020|Science News For Students
Mateescu and her team have examined skin biopsies and found that relatively large sweat glands allow Brahman to better regulate their internal body temperature.Biotechnology Could Change the Cattle Industry. Will It Succeed?|Dyllan Furness|August 16, 2020|Singularity Hub
Some devices may one day be powered by electric currents made from your sweat.
Using sweat, he points out, lets people harness energy that usually goes to waste.
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|Kevin Fallon|December 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DailyBurn|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Marlow Stern|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
A mist came before his eyes, the cold sweat stood upon his ashy face, his limbs failed him, and he sunk upon his knees.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens
These cigars rarely "char" in burning; certainly not, if made of good quality of tobacco and thoroughly sweat.
The sweat of death was already on his brow as he reeled sideways, plunging blindly across the uneven tufts of grass.Uncanny Tales|Various
After harvesting, the plants cure rapidly and on account of their small size rarely sweat.
His next line—'To grunt and sweat under a weary life'—resembles ll.Chaucer's Works, Volume 1 (of 7) -- Romaunt of the Rose; Minor Poems|Geoffrey Chaucer
British Dictionary definitions for sweat
verb sweats, sweating, sweat or sweated
- to work very hard
- to be filled with anxiety or impatience
Derived forms of sweatsweatless, adjective
Word Origin for sweat
Medical definitions for sweat
Scientific definitions for sweat
Idioms and Phrases with sweat
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)