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English definition of “sweat”

sweat

verb [I]    /swet/ (past tense sweat or sweated, present participle sweated) (fml perspire)
to excrete a salty , colorless liquid 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 soda cans sweat in this humidity . You may say you sweat if you feel worried : We have to sweat about money because we don’t have much of it.
(Definition of sweat verb from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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