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 sweatsweat·less, adjectivenon·sweat·ing, adjectiveun·sweat·ing, adjective
Words nearby sweat
Example sentences from the Web for sweats
Jim had to cajole me, as it was already late, and I was lounging around in sweats, book in hand.I Was Gang Raped at a UVA Frat 30 Years Ago, and No One Did Anything|Liz Seccuro|December 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The lean and athletic Katniss was dressed in sweats and halfway through the extensive process of putting on her face.
They could be pajama bottoms, sweats, fleece kind of things.
It cheats and it sweats and it eviscerates and procrastinates and it comes up pathetically short in almost every area.
As she gets up, towering over her three handlers, it is tough to imagine Davis ever wearing a pair of sweats.
Continue this until he sweats freely, or becomes too much fatigued to sit longer.An Epitome of Homeopathic Healing Art|B. L. Hill
Her appetite failed; night sweats came on; and she was so weak that most of the day she lay in bed.The Wonders of Prayer|Various
These sweats will disappear as soon as the mother begins to regain her strength.The Mother and Her Child|William S. Sadler
In its crude state he roughs it, and sweats it, puts it through—without a gin to give it market value!The Adventures of My Cousin Smooth|Timothy Templeton
Hence my poetry is crowded and sweats beneath a heavy burden of ideas and imagery!Letters of Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Vol. I (of 2)|Samuel Taylor Coleridge
British Dictionary definitions for sweats (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for sweats (2 of 2)
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 sweats
Scientific definitions for sweats
Idioms and Phrases with sweats
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)