- Perspire is defined as to sweat.
An example of perspire is skin getting moist from being in a humid climate.
Exercise will make you perspire.
intransitive verbperspired, perspiring
Origin of perspireFrench perspirer ; from Classical Latin perspirare, to breathe everywhere ; from per-, through + spirare, to breathe: see per- and amp; spirit
verbper·spired, per·spir·ing, per·spires
Origin of perspireLatin perspīrāre, to blow steadily : per-, through; see per– + spīrāre, to breathe.
(third-person singular simple present perspires, present participle perspiring, simple past and past participle perspired)
- (intransitive) To emit sweat or perspiration through the skin's pores.
- (intransitive) To be evacuated or excreted, or to exude, through the pores of the skin.
- A fluid perspires.