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 Dictionary entry overview: What does sweat mean? 

SWEAT (noun)
  The noun SWEAT has 4 senses:

1. salty fluid secreted by sweat glands
2. agitation resulting from active worry
3. condensation of moisture on a cold surface
4. use of physical or mental energy; hard work

  Familiarity information: SWEAT used as a noun is uncommon.

SWEAT (verb)
  The verb SWEAT has 1 sense:

1. excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin

  Familiarity information: SWEAT used as a verb is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

SWEAT (noun)

Sense 1sweat [BACK TO TOP]


Salty fluid secreted by sweat glands

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts


perspiration; sudor; sweat

Context example:

sweat poured off his brow

Hypernyms ("sweat" is a kind of...):

secretion (a functionally specialized substance (especially one that is not a waste) released from a gland or cell)

Meronyms (substance of "sweat"):

H2O; water (binary compound that occurs at room temperature as a clear colorless odorless tasteless liquid; freezes into ice below 0 degrees centigrade and boils above 100 degrees centigrade; widely used as a solvent)

Sense 2sweat [BACK TO TOP]


Agitation resulting from active worry

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs


fret; stew; swither; lather; sweat

Context examples:

don't get in a stew / he's in a sweat about exams

Hypernyms ("sweat" is a kind of...):

agitation (a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance)

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Condensation of moisture on a cold surface

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Context example:

the cold glasses were streaked with sweat

Hypernyms ("sweat" is a kind of...):

condensate; condensation (atmospheric moisture that has condensed because of cold)

Sense 4sweat [BACK TO TOP]


Use of physical or mental energy; hard work

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions


elbow grease; exertion; effort; travail; sweat

Context examples:

he got an A for effort / they managed only with great exertion

Hypernyms ("sweat" is a kind of...):

labor; labour; toil (productive work (especially physical work done for wages))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "sweat"):

struggle (strenuous effort)

detrition; friction; rubbing (effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure)

overexertion (excessive exertion; so much exertion that discomfort or injury results)

supererogation (an effort above and beyond the call of duty)

overkill (any effort that seems to go farther than would be necessary to achieve its goal)

application; diligence (a diligent effort)

pull (a sustained effort)

exercise; exercising; physical exercise; physical exertion; workout (the activity of exerting your muscles in various ways to keep fit)

strain; straining (an intense or violent exertion)

least effort; least resistance (the least effortful way to do something)

difficulty; trouble (an effort that is inconvenient)

SWEAT (verb)

Sense 1sweat [BACK TO TOP]


Excrete perspiration through the pores in the skin

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care


perspire; sudate; sweat

Context example:

Exercise makes one sweat

Hypernyms (to "sweat" is one way to...):

egest; eliminate; excrete; pass (eliminate from the body)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "sweat"):

swelter (suffer from intense heat)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s

Sentence examples:

Sam and Sue sweat
Did his feet sweat?


sweat off (lose weight by sweating)

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