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  1. sweat
    IPA[swet]
  2. noun

    • 1. moisture exuded through the pores of the skin, typically in profuse quantities as a reaction to heat, physical exertion, fever, or fear:

      beads of sweat broke out on her brow
    • 2. an instance of exuding moisture through the pores of the skin:

      even thinking about him made me break out in a sweat we'd all worked up a sweat in spite of the cold
    • 3. a state of flustered anxiety or distress:

      I don't believe he'd get into such a sweat about a girl
      Synonym : fluster, flutter, fret, fuss, panic, frenzy, fever, pother, state of anxiety, state of agitation, state of nervousness, nervous state, state of worry, state, flap, tizzy, tiz-woz, dither, stew, lather, twitter, twit
    • 4. hard work; effort:

      computer graphics take a lot of the sweat out of animation
      Synonym : labor, hard work, toil(s), effort(s), exertion(s), industry, industriousness, drudgery, slog, the sweat of one's brow, back-breaking task, labor of Hercules, graft, grind, elbow grease
    • 5. another term for sweatsuit or sweatpants

    • 6. denoting loose casual garments made of thick, fleecy cotton:

      sweat tops and bottoms

    verb

    • 1. exude sweat:

      he was sweating profusely
      Synonym : perspire, swelter, exude perspiration, drip with perspiration/sweat, be pouring with sweat, break out in a sweat, glow, be damp, be wet, secrete, be in a muck sweat, sweat buckets, sweat like a pig, sudate
    • 2. get rid of (something) from the body by exuding sweat:

      a well-hydrated body sweats out waste products more efficiently
    • 3. cause (a person or animal) to exude sweat by exercise or exertion:

      cold as it was, the climb had sweated him
    • 4. (of food or an object) ooze or exude beads of moisture on to its surface:

      cheese stored at room temperature will quickly begin to sweat
    • 5. (of a person) exert a great deal of strenuous effort:

      I've sweated over this for six months
      Synonym : work hard, work, work like a Trojan, labor, toil, slog, slave, work one's fingers to the bone, keep one's nose to the grindstone, grind, graft, plug away, put one's back into something, drudge
    • 6. (of a person) be or remain in a state of extreme anxiety, typically for a prolonged period:

      if we let them sweat for a week, they'll be a lot more cooperative
    • 7. worry about (something):

      he's not going to have a lot of time to sweat the details
      Synonym : worry, agonize, fuss, panic, fret, dither, lose sleep, be on tenterhooks, be in a state of anxiety, be in a state of agitation, be in a state of nervousness, be on pins and needles, be in a state, be in a flap, be in a tiz-woz, be in a stew, be in a lather, bite one's nails, torture oneself, torment oneself
    • 8. heat (chopped vegetables) slowly in a pan with a small amount of fat, so that they cook in their own juices:

      sweat the celery and onions with olive oil and seasoning
    • 9. (of chopped vegetables) be cooked by sweating:

      let the chopped onion sweat gently for five minutes
    • 10. subject (metal) to surface melting, especially to fasten or join by solder without a soldering iron:

      the tire is sweated onto the wooden parts
  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: sweat, plural noun: sweats

    • v.: verb: sweat, 3rd person present: sweats, gerund or present participle: sweating, past tense: sweated, past participle: sweated

    • noun

      moisture exuded through the pores of the skin, typically in profuse quantities as a reaction to heat, physical exertion, fever, or fear:

      an instance or period of being covered with sweat:

    • verb

      exude sweat:

      get rid of something from the body by exuding sweat:

    • adjective

      relating to or denoting manual workers employed at very low wages for long hours and under poor conditions:
    • used to convey that one perceives no difficulty or problem with something
    • noun

      perspiration caused by fear of failure, especially when performing for an audience:
    • be extremely anxious or nervous
    • noun

      a state of sweating induced by fear, nervousness, or illness:
    • noun

      a state of perspiring profusely:
    • noun

      a hut, typically dome-shaped, used by North American Indians for ritual steam baths as a means of purification.
    • make an extraordinarily strenuous effort to do something
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