perspire
intransitive verb (perspired; perspiring) Etymology: French perspirer, from Middle French, from Latin per- through + spirare to blow, breathe — more at per- Date: circa 1682 to emit matter through the skin; specifically to secrete and emit perspiration

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  • Perspire — Per*spire , v. t. To emit or evacuate through the pores of the skin; to sweat; to excrete through pores. [1913 Webster] Firs . . . perspire a fine balsam of turpentine. Smollett. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Perspire — Per*spire , v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Perspired}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Perspiring}.] [L. perspirare to breathe through; per + spirare. See {Per }, and {Spirit}.] 1. (Physiol.) To excrete matter through the skin; esp., to excrete fluids through the pores… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • perspire — 1640s, “to evaporate through the pores,” from L. perspirare “to breathe, to blow constantly” (see PERSPIRATION (Cf. perspiration)). Meaning “to sweat” is from 1725. It is well known that for some time past, neither man, woman nor… …   Etymology dictionary

  • perspire — [v] become wet with sweat be damp, be wet, break a sweat*, drip, exude, get in a lather*, glow, lather, pour, secrete, swelter; concepts 185,469 Ant. dry …   New thesaurus

  • perspire — ► VERB ▪ give out sweat through the pores of the skin. ORIGIN Latin perspirare, from spirare breathe …   English terms dictionary

  • perspire — [pər spīr′] vt., vi. perspired, perspiring [Fr perspirer < L perspirare, to breathe everywhere < per , through + spirare, to breathe: see PER & SPIRIT] to give forth (a characteristic salty moisture) through the pores of the skin; sweat …   English World dictionary

  • perspire — v. to perspire profusely * * * [pə spaɪə] to perspire profusely …   Combinatory dictionary

  • perspire — [[t]pə(r)spa͟ɪ͟ə(r)[/t]] perspires, perspiring, perspired VERB When you perspire, a liquid comes out on the surface of your skin, because you are hot or frightened. [FORMAL] He began to perspire heavily. [V ing] ...mopping their perspiring brows …   English dictionary

  • perspire — UK [pə(r)ˈspaɪə(r)] / US [pərˈspaɪr] verb [intransitive] Word forms perspire : present tense I/you/we/they perspire he/she/it perspires present participle perspiring past tense perspired past participle perspired to produce liquid on your skin as …   English dictionary

  • perspire — per|spire [pəˈspaıə US pərˈspaır] v [i]formal [Date: 1600 1700; : French; Origin: perspirer, from Latin spirare to breathe ] if you perspire, parts of your body become wet, especially because you are hot or have been doing hard work = ↑sweat ▪… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • perspire — verb it s natural to perspire under these hot lights Syn: sweat, be dripping/pouring with sweat, glow …   Thesaurus of popular words

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