Definition of sweat verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    sweat

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//swet//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swet//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they sweat
    BrE BrE//swet//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swet//
     
    he / she / it sweats
    BrE BrE//swets//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//swets//
     
    past simple sweated
    BrE BrE//ˈswetɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈswetɪd//
     
    past participle sweated
    BrE BrE//ˈswetɪd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈswetɪd//
     
    -ing form sweating
    BrE BrE//ˈswetɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈswetɪŋ//
     
    Exercise
     
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    produce liquid on skin/surface
  1. 1  [intransitive, transitive] when you sweat, drops of liquid appear on the surface of your skin, for example when you are hot, ill/sick or afraid synonym perspire to sweat heavily The palms of his hands began to sweat. sweat something He was sweating buckets (= a lot). See related entries: Exercise
  2. 2[intransitive] if something sweats, the liquid that is contained in it appears on its surface The cheese was beginning to sweat. The walls will continue to sweat until the plaster is completely dry.
  3. work hard
  4. 3[intransitive] sweat (over something) to work hard at something Are you still sweating over that report?
  5. worry
  6. 4[intransitive] (informal) to worry or feel anxious about something They really made me sweat during the interview. Even though she’d made her decision, she let them sweat for another week.
  7. heat food
  8. 5[transitive, intransitive] sweat (something) (British English) if you sweat meat or vegetables or let them sweat, you heat them slowly with a little fat in a pan that is covered with a lid
  9. Word Origin Old English swāt (noun), swǣtan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch zweet and German Schweiss, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin sudor.Extra examples After two hours of digging he was sweating like a pig. He awoke with a pounding heart, sweating with fear. He’s trying to sweat off a few pounds in the gym. The heat was making us sweat. We were sweating profusely from the exertion of moving the furniture. You can sweat out toxins in the sauna. Don’t sweat it — We’ll be fine. Oh, let them sweat a bit.Idioms (North American English, informal) used to tell somebody to stop worrying about something ‘I’m sure he’ll find out.’ ‘Don’t sweat it—no one’s going to tell him.’
    don’t sweat the small stuff
     
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    (North American English, informal) used to tell somebody not to worry about small details or unimportant things
    slog/sweat/work your guts out
     
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    (informal) to work very hard to achieve something I slogged my guts out for the exam.
    (informal) to work very hard I sweated blood to get everything ready in time.
    Phrasal Verbssweat it outsweat somethingoff
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