Definition of perspire in English:



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