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.
- swear to,
- swear word,
- sweat bee,
- sweat blood,
- sweat bullets,
- sweat equity,
- sweat gland
- 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
Examples from the Web for 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|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.
Sweat poured from his forehead, and the suit ventilator whined as it picked up the extra moisture.Rip Foster in Ride the Gray Planet|Harold Leland Goodwin
I felt the sweat pouring from his face on to mine, and he smelt horribly of garlic.The Secret Service Submarine|Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
A frown began to gather on the vintner's brow and a sweat in his palm.The Goose Girl|Harold MacGrath
The priest raised his pale face, moist with the sweat of agony. 'Abbe Mouret's Transgression|Emile Zola
On her knees beside the bed, Maria Selva was wiping the sweat from his brow with a handkerchief.The Saint|Antonio Fogazzaro
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)