Meaning of perspire in English:


Pronunciation /pəˈspʌɪə/

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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.’
    • ‘He was perspiring from the heat generated in the room.’
    • ‘Greater surface area provides more exposed skin to perspire and cool the body through evaporation, he says.’
    • ‘He first started feeling unwell about 10 minutes into the broadcast and began to perspire very heavily.’
    • ‘He was perspiring heavily from the effort, as I was.’
    • ‘His brow was sweaty and he was perspiring heavily.’
    • ‘The air was burning and they all were perspiring heavily.’
    • ‘When a beam of sunlight broke through the thick canopy of trees, it was clear that the stranger was perspiring heavily.’
    • ‘I flushed and shook her hand gingerly, hoping I wasn't perspiring too heavily.’
    • ‘What else can you suggest for a female in her 20's who perspires heavily?’
    • ‘For years I have perspired heavily in my armpits.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A wave of heat rushed over Jonas and he began to perspire.’
    • ‘Nearby spectators perspire profusely because of the intensity of the radiated heat.’
    • ‘At the moment, however, the mayor is perspiring.’
    • ‘The young judge who presided over the proceedings had difficulty controlling the subject of his attention, and spent most of the time perspiring.’
    • ‘I was perspiring so much my family called an ambulance and they told me I was having a heart attack.’
    • ‘You become awkward, you start perspiring, you start trembling, you forget everything.’
    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’.