Simple Definition of seep
: to flow or pass slowly through small openings in something
Full Definition of seep
1 : to flow or pass slowly through fine pores or small openings : ooze <water seeped in through a crack>
2a : to enter or penetrate slowly <fear of nuclear war had seeped into the national consciousness — Tip O'Neill>b : to become diffused or spread <a sadness seeped through his being — Agnes S. Turnbull>
Examples of seep
Blood was seeping through the bandage.
The chemicals seeped into the ground.
Origin of seep
alteration of earlier sipe, from Middle English sipen, from Old English sipian; akin to Middle Low German sipen to seep
First Known Use: 1790
First Known Use of seep
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