Meaning of SWEAT in English

■ noun

1》 moisture exuded through the pores of the skin, especially as a reaction to heat, physical exertion, or anxiety.

2》 informal hard work; laborious effort.

↘a state of anxiety or distress.

3》 ( ~s ) informal, chiefly N. Amer. a ~suit or ~pants.

■ verb ( ~s , ~ing ; past and past participle ~ed or N. Amer. ~ )

1》 exude ~.

↘( ~ something out/off ) get rid of something by exuding ~.

2》 exert a great deal of strenuous effort.

↘be in a state of extreme anxiety.

↘ N. Amer. informal worry about.

3》 (of a substance) exude moisture.

4》 cook (chopped vegetables) slowly in a pan with a small amount of fat.

5》 subject (metal) to surface melting, especially to fasten or join by solder without a soldering iron.


break ~ (or N. Amer. break a ~ ) informal exert oneself physically.

by the ~ of one's brow by one's own hard labour.

no ~ informal used to convey that one perceives no difficulty or problem with something.

~ blood informal make an extraordinarily strenuous effort.

↘be extremely anxious.

~ bullets N. Amer. informal be extremely anxious or nervous.

~ it out informal endure prolonged heat, exertion, or anxiety.


OE swāt (n.), swtan (v.), of Gmc origin.

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