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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Work, especially manual labor, performed in return for a share in ownership, as of a home.
  • n. Sustained effort; hard work: "Coming up with compelling plots is a little bit inspiration and a lot of sweat equity” ( David Baldacci).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An investment of labour, typically by the owner and often his or her family, usually in a small business or personal residence that increases the value of the business or residence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. interest in a building that a tenant earns by contributing to its renovation or maintenance

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