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"sweat" in British English

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sweatnoun

uk   us   /swet/
  • sweat noun (LIQUID)

B2 [U] the ​clear, ​saltyliquid that you ​pass through ​yourskin: The ​dancers were dripping with/​pouring with sweat after a morning's ​rehearsal. By the ​time we'd ​climbed to the ​top of the ​hill, we were covered in sweat. She ​wiped the beads (= ​drops) of sweat from her ​forehead.figurative The ​cathedral was ​built by ​humantoil and sweat (= ​effort).

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  • sweat noun (CLOTHES)

sweats [plural] US (UK tracksuit) a ​loosetop and ​trousers, ​worn either by ​people who are ​training for a ​sport or ​exercising, or as ​informalclothing

sweatverb [I]

uk   us   /swet/
  • sweat verb [I] (PRODUCE LIQUID)

B2 to ​pass sweat through the ​skin because you are ​hot, ​ill, or ​frightened: It was so ​hot when we ​arrived in Tripoli that we ​started to sweat as ​soon as we got off the ​plane. The ​prisoners were sweating withfear.informal I was so ​afraid, I was sweating like a ​pig (= sweating a lot). If something sweats, it ​producesdrops of ​liquid on the ​outside: The ​walls in ​olderhouses sometimes sweat withdamp.

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  • sweat verb [I] (WORK HARD)

to ​work very hard to ​achieve something: Volunteers sweated to get the ​roomready for the ​dance.
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(Definition of sweat from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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sweatverb [I]

 us   /swet/ (past tense sweat or sweated, present participle sweated) (fml perspire)
to ​excrete a ​salty, ​colorlessliquid through the ​skin, esp. when you are ​hot or ​frightened: He was sweating ​profusely. If something sweats, it has ​drops of ​liquid on the ​outside: The ​sodacans sweat in this ​humidity. You may say you sweat if you ​feelworried: We have to sweat about ​money because we don’t have much of it.

sweatnoun [U]

 us   /swet/ (fml perspiration)
the ​salty, ​colorlessliquid that you ​excrete through ​yourskin: beads of sweat Sweat is also ​effort or ​work: They ​lived off the sweat and ​toil of ​others.
(Definition of sweat from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “sweat”
in Korean 땀을 흘리다…
in Arabic يَتَعَرَّق…
in Malaysian peluh…
in French sueur…
in Russian потеть…
in Chinese (Traditional) 流汗,出汗,冒汗, 滲出(水珠)…
in Italian sudare…
in Turkish terlemek…
in Polish pocić się…
in Spanish sudor…
in Vietnamese mồ hôi…
in Portuguese suar…
in Thai เหงื่อ…
in German der Schweiß…
in Catalan suar…
in Japanese 汗をかく, 発汗する…
in Chinese (Simplified) 流汗,出汗,冒汗, 渗出(水珠)…
in Indonesian keringat…
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