Definition of perspire in English:


Line breaks: per|spire
Pronunciation: /pəˈspʌɪə


[no object]
  • Give out sweat through the pores of the skin as a result of heat, physical exertion, or stress: Will was perspiring heavily
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    • 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.
    • He was perspiring from the heat generated in the room.
    sweat, be dripping/pouring with sweat, glow, be damp, be wet, break out in a sweat
    informal be in a muck sweat
    rare sudate


mid 17th century: from French perspirer, from Latin perspirare, from per- 'through' + spirare 'breathe'.

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