What does the word perspire mean?

    Part of speech: verb transitive, verb intransitive

  • To sweat.

Usage examples for perspire

  1. Chester was stout, and said to perspire even in winter, apoplectic, irascible, talkative, and still, as has been said, a Democrat. – Coniston, Book I. by Winston Churchill
  2. When a horse of tolerable breeding is dull and spiritless, he is getting ill or badly fed; and where he is observed to perspire much in the stables, is overfed, and probably eats his litter in addition to his regular supply of food. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  3. Avoid wetting the fingers, and should they perspire, wipe them often, as the moisture penetrating the cotton and coming in contact with the plate, would cause streaks it would be difficult to remove. – American Handbook of the Daguerrotype by Samuel D. Humphrey