sweat - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlesweating
past tensesweated
past participlesweated
  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 awaylet 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

phrasal verbs