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 sweatssteam, perspiration, wilt, swelter, glow, toil, excretion, exudation, transudation, sudor, diaphoresis, chore, task, travail, work, slavery, labor, drudgery, moil, grind
Examples from the Web for sweats
Contemporary Examples of 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
December 16, 2014
The lean and athletic Katniss was dressed in sweats and halfway through the extensive process of putting on her face.Vegan Strippers Let It All Hang Out
Kelly Williams Brown
March 29, 2014
They could be pajama bottoms, sweats, fleece kind of things.Chang-rae Lee: How I Write
January 22, 2014
It cheats and it sweats and it eviscerates and procrastinates and it comes up pathetically short in almost every area.Osama bin Laden Died a Fool and Has No Legacy
May 6, 2011
As she gets up, towering over her three handlers, it is tough to imagine Davis ever wearing a pair of sweats.Still in a League of Her Own
April 27, 2009
Historical Examples of sweats
Beneath the grinding of the years, life gropes, shrieks, sweats.Erik Dorn
These sweats will disappear as soon as the mother begins to regain her strength.
A vinegar rub administered on going to bed may often prevent these sweats.
My health wasn't very good; I had a bad cough and night sweats.The Coming Wave
The news went to Washington that night, and they say Uncle Abe had night sweats.Peck's Uncle Ike and The Red Headed Boy
George W. Peck
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)