I was beginning to perspire; for the first time, I felt a flicker of anxiety.
Your highness must take this bat and with it beat about this ball until you perspire freely.
He can perspire in December, when the furnace is out and the windows are open.
It made me tug and pant and perspire; and still, labor as I might, the machine came almost to a standstill every little while.
The strain of his work made him perspire as though it were midsummer.
We seemed almost perishing for want of water, the hard exercise made us perspire so freely.
It must be her weight, Daoud thought, that made her perspire so much.
We perspire freely but as the sweat does not evaporate, there is a constantly increasing amount of water on the skin.
After a time he begins to perspire, or at times falls asleep.
However the brow might perspire, there was no dampness on the hand, and the helve of the axe was scarcely harder and drier.
1640s, "to evaporate through the pores," a back-formation from perspiration and in part from Latin perspirare "to breathe, to blow constantly" (see perspiration). Meaning "to sweat" is a polite usage attested from 1725. Medical men tried to maintain a distinction between "sensible" (sweat) and "insensible" perspiration:
[I]t is sufficient for common use to observe, that perspiration is that insensible discharge of vapour from the whole surface of the body and the lungs which is constantly going on in a healthy state; that it is always natural and always salutary; that sweat, on the contrary, is an evacuation, which never appears without some uncommon effort, or some disease to the system, that it weakens and relaxes, and is so far from coinciding with perspiration, that it obstructs and checks it. [Charles White, "A Treatise on the Management of Pregnant and Lying-in Women," London, 1791]Related: Perspired; perspiring.
perspire per·spire (pər-spīr')
v. per·spired, per·spir·ing, per·spires
To excrete perspiration through the pores of the skin.