sweat [sweat sweats sweated sweating] noun, verb BrE [swet]
NAmE [swet]
1. uncountable drops of liquid that appear on the surface of your skin when you are hot, ill/sick or afraid
Syn: perspiration
beads of sweat
She wiped the sweat from her face.
By the end of the match, the sweat was pouring off him.
Their bodies were soaked in sweat.
see also sweaty
2. usually singular the state of being covered with sweat
I woke up in a sweat.
She completed the routine without even working up a sweat.
He breaks out in a sweat just at the thought of flying.
He started having night sweats.
see also cold sweat  
3. uncountable hard work or effort: (informal) Growing your own vegetables sounds like a lot of sweat.
(literary) She achieved success by the sweat of her brow (= by working very hard).  
4. sweats plural (informal, especially NAmE) a sweatsuit or sweatpants
I hung around the house all day in my sweats.
more at blood, sweat and tears at blood n.
Word Origin:
Old English swāt (noun), swǣtan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zweet and German Schweiss, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sudor.
Example Bank:
He mopped the sweat from his brow.
He was dripping with sweat.
His forehead was dripping sweat.
His hands trembled and sweat broke out all over his body.
My shirt stuck to the clammy sweat on my back.
She beat me without even breaking (a) sweat.
She broke out in a cold sweat when she saw the spider.
She woke up in a cold sweat.
Sweat beaded her face.
Sweat glistened on her forehead.
Sweat stood out on his shoulders.
Sweat was running down his back.
The room smelled of stale sweat.
The workmen were bathed in sweat.
The workmen were streaming with sweat.
We worked up a good sweat carrying the boxes outside.
A lot of sweat has gone into producing this.
She achieved success by the sweat of her brow.
We've put blood, sweat and tears into this campaign.
Well, he could answer that one straight off, no sweat!
Idioms: break sweat don't sweat it don't sweat the small stuff in a sweat no sweat sweat blood
Derived: sweat it out sweat something off
1. intransitive, transitive when you sweat, drops of liquid appear on the surface of your skin, for example when you are hot, ill/sick or afraid
Syn: perspire
to sweat heavily
The palms of his hands began to sweat.
~ sth He was sweating buckets (= a lot).
2. intransitive if sth sweats, the liquid that is contained in it appears on its surface
The cheese was beginning to sweat.
The walls will continue to sweat until the plaster is completely dry.  
3. intransitive ~ (over sth) to work hard at sth
Are you still sweating over that report?  
4. intransitive (informal) to worry or feel anxious about sth
They really made me sweat during the interview.
Even though she'd made her decision, she let them sweat for another week.  
5. transitive, intransitive ~ (sth) (BrE) if you sweat meat or vegetables or let them sweat, you heat them slowly with a little fat in a pan that is covered with a lid
more at slog/sweat/work your guts out at gut n.
Verb forms:
Word Origin:
Old English swāt (noun), swǣtan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zweet and German Schweiss, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sudor.
Example Bank:
After two hours of digging he was sweating like a pig.
He awoke with a pounding heart, sweating with fear.
He's trying to sweat off a few pounds in the gym.
The heat was making us sweat.
We were sweating profusely from the exertion of moving the furniture.
You can sweat out toxins in the sauna.
Don't sweat it. We'll be fine.
Oh, let them sweat a bit.
See also: break a sweat

WordNet Dictionary:
1. salty fluid secreted by sweat glands
- sweat poured off his brow
Syn: perspiration, sudor
2. agitation resulting from active worry
- don't get in a stew
- he's in a sweat about exams
Syn: fret, stew, lather, swither
3. condensation of moisture on a cold surface
- the cold glasses were streaked with sweat
4. use of physical or mental energy; hard work
- he got an A for effort
- they managed only with great exertion
Syn: effort, elbow grease, exertion, travail
excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin
- Exercise makes one sweat
Syn: sudate, perspire

Webster's 1913 Dictionary:
v. i.1.To excrete sensible moisture from the pores of the skin; to perspire.
[imp. & p. p. Sweat or Sweated (Obs. Swat ( )); p. pr. & vb. n. Sweating.]
2.Fig.: To perspire in toil; to work hard; to drudge.
He 'd have the poets sweat.
3.To emit moisture, as green plants in a heap.
v. t.1.To cause to excrete moisture from the skin; to cause to perspire; as, his physicians attempted to sweat him by most powerful sudorifics.
2.To emit or suffer to flow from the pores; to exude.
It made her not a drop for sweat.
With exercise she sweat ill humors out.
3.To unite by heating, after the application of soldier.
4.To get something advantageous, as money, property, or labor from (any one), by exaction or oppression; as, to sweat a spendthrift; to sweat laborers.
To sweat coin
to remove a portion of a piece of coin, as by shaking it with others in a bag, so that the friction wears off a small quantity of the metal.
The only use of it [money] which is interdicted is to put it in circulation again after having diminished its weight by "sweating", or otherwise, because the quantity of metal contains is no longer consistent with its impression.
n.1.(Physiol.) The fluid which is excreted from the skin of an animal; the fluid secreted by the sudoriferous glands; a transparent, colorless, acid liquid with a peculiar odor, containing some fatty acids and mineral matter; perspiration. See Perspiration.
In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread.
2.The act of sweating; or the state of one who sweats; hence, labor; toil; drudgery.
3.Moisture issuing from any substance; as, the sweat of hay or grain in a mow or stack.
4.The sweating sickness.
5.(Man.) A short run by a race horse in exercise.
Sweat box
(Naut.) a small closet in which refractory men are confined.
Sweat glands
(Anat.) sudoriferous glands. See under Sudoriferous.

Dream Dictionary:
To dream that you are sweating, suggests that you are experiencing some overwhelming anxiety, stress, fear, or nervousness in your life. This dream may serve to remind you that in order to achieve success, you need to endure the struggle and efforts that go along with success. Alternatively, it may signify a kind of cleansing or ridding of bad karma. You may be going through an emotional cool-off period.

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