Definition of perspire in English:



  • Give out sweat through the pores of the skin as a result of heat, physical exertion, or stress:

    ‘Will was perspiring heavily’
    • ‘At this point I noticed he was perspiring heavily and sweat was dripping from his bushy grey eyebrows onto the keyboard.’
    • ‘I flushed and shook her hand gingerly, hoping I wasn't perspiring too heavily.’
    • ‘It is of no great significance whether he sweats or perspires.’
    • ‘His brow was sweaty and he was perspiring heavily.’
    • ‘A wave of heat rushed over Jonas and he began to perspire.’
    • ‘He was perspiring heavily from the effort, as I was.’
    • ‘At the moment, however, the mayor is perspiring.’
    • ‘You become awkward, you start perspiring, you start trembling, you forget everything.’
    • ‘What else can you suggest for a female in her 20's who perspires heavily?’
    • ‘The air was burning and they all were perspiring heavily.’
    • ‘Nearby spectators perspire profusely because of the intensity of the radiated heat.’
    • ‘He was perspiring from the heat generated in the room.’
    • ‘Sunscreen gels are best for work or physical activities where you will be perspiring.’
    • ‘He first started feeling unwell about 10 minutes into the broadcast and began to perspire very heavily.’
    • ‘When a beam of sunlight broke through the thick canopy of trees, it was clear that the stranger was perspiring heavily.’
    • ‘For years I have perspired heavily in my armpits.’
    • ‘Greater surface area provides more exposed skin to perspire and cool the body through evaporation, he says.’
    • ‘She was so pale and perspired as though she had a fever.’
    • ‘I was perspiring so much my family called an ambulance and they told me I was having a heart attack.’
    • ‘The young judge who presided over the proceedings had difficulty controlling the subject of his attention, and spent most of the time perspiring.’
    sweat, be dripping with sweat, be pouring with sweat, glow, be damp, be wet, break out in a sweat
    be in a muck sweat
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Mid 17th century: from French perspirer, from Latin perspirare, from per- through + spirare breathe.