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Definition of "perspire" [per•spire]

  • To excrete perspiration through the pores of the skin. (verb-intransitive)
  • To expel through external pores; exude. (verb-transitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "perspire" in a sentence
  • "Madame Schwellenberg began to storm in bad English, and told him that he made her "what you call perspire!""
  • "In a season of throw-backs, you can add this to the list: Just as our grandmothers insisted that girls don't sweat, they "perspire," there remains a narrow range of acceptable behavior for female athletes."
  • "Plants that live in swamps must "perspire" freely and keep their pores open."