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verb sweat pronunciation in British English /swet/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlesweating
past tensesweated
past participlesweated
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to produce liquid on the surface of your skin when you are hot, nervous, or ill
    She could feel the palms of her hands sweating.
    sweat profusely (=sweat a lot): The actors sweated profusely under the spotlights.
  2. 2
    [intransitive] informal to feel very nervous or worried
    Don’t tell him straight away – let him sweat for a while.
    1. a.
      [transitive] mainly American informal to worry too much about something in particular
      There’s no need to sweat all the details.
  3. 3
    [intransitive] informal to work hard
  4. 4
    [intransitive/transitive] British to cook meat or vegetables slowly in their own juices


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