Meaning of SWEAT in English


1. to sweat

2. the liquid that appears on your skin when you sweat

3. covered in sweat


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1. to sweat

▷ sweat /swet/ [intransitive/transitive verb]

when you sweat your skin becomes wet, because you are hot, nervous, ill etc :

▪ You’re sweating. Why don’t you take your jacket off?

▪ The heat from the lights was making her sweat and her make-up started to run.

sweat profusely

sweat a lot

▪ Sweating profusely and gripping the lectern, Anderson began his speech.

sweat like a pig/sweat buckets

spoken sweat a lot

▪ My God, it’s hot in here - I’m sweating like a pig!

▪ It was tough work. Within minutes we were all sweating buckets.

▷ perspire /pəʳˈspaɪəʳ/ [intransitive verb] formal

to sweat :

▪ She felt hot and awkward and started to perspire.

▪ He was perspiring. It showed on his forehead.

perspire freely/profusely

perspire a lot

▪ James, who was perspiring profusely, took out a handkerchief and mopped his brow.

▷ break out in a sweat/break into a sweat /ˌbreɪk aʊt ɪn ə ˈswet, ˌbreɪk ɪntʊ ə ˈswet/ [verb phrase]

to start sweating, especially because you are nervous or afraid :

▪ I was terrified. My hands were shaking, and I broke out in a sweat.

▪ ‘It’s got nothing to do with me,’ she said, breaking into a sweat.

break out in a cold sweat/break into a cold sweat

▪ As the security guard approached, I broke into a cold sweat.

▷ be pouring/dripping with sweat /biː ˌpɔːrɪŋ, ˌdrɪpɪŋ wɪð ˈswet/ [verb phrase]

to be sweating a lot :

▪ What on earth have you been doing? You’re dripping with sweat!

▪ Melissa was pouring with sweat, and her hair was stuck to her face.

2. the liquid that appears on your skin when you sweat

▷ sweat /swet/ [uncountable noun]

▪ He stopped working for a moment to wipe the sweat off his face.

▪ I got sweat in my eyes and couldn’t see.

beads of sweat

drops of sweat

▪ Beads of sweat appeared on her forehead and she trembled visibly.

▷ perspiration /ˌpɜːʳspəˈreɪʃ ə n/ [uncountable noun] formal

sweat :

▪ a deodorant that protects against perspiration all day long

▪ To keep your body cool, wear cotton clothing that absorbs perspiration.

beads of perspiration

drops of perspiration

▪ Beads of perspiration trickled down my back.

3. covered in sweat

▷ sweaty /ˈsweti/ [adjective]

▪ I’m all hot and sweaty. I think I’ll take a shower.

▪ He was a short fat guy with big sweaty hands.

▪ The equipment manager collected the sweaty uniforms and took them down to the hotel laundry.

▷ be covered/drenched/soaked in sweat also be covered/drenched/soaked with sweat /biː ˌkʌvəʳd, ˌdrentʃt, ˌsəʊkt ɪn, ˈswet, -wɪð ˈswet/ [verb phrase]

to be very wet because you have been sweating a lot :

▪ Ian came off the squash court covered in sweat.

▪ I insist my car’s have air conditioning - I hate arriving somewhere drenched with sweat.

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