perspire

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Borrowed from Old French perspirer, from Latin perspirare (to breathe everywhere, blow constantly), from per (through) + spirare (to breath); see spirit.

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perspire (third-person singular simple present perspires, present participle perspiring, simple past and past participle perspired)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To emit (sweat or perspiration) through the skin's pores.
    I was perspiring freely after running the marathon.
    • 2010, Susan C. Karant-Nunn, The Reformation of Feeling
      He lists forty reasons, mainly metaphorical, why Christ perspired blood, and his peroration takes twenty-two pages in print.
  2. (intransitive) To be evacuated or excreted, or to exude, through the pores of the skin.
    A fluid perspires.

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