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seep

verb \ ˈsēp \
Updated on: 21 May 2018

Definition of seep

1 : to flow or pass slowly through fine pores or small openings : ooze
  • water seeped in through a crack
2 a : 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 in a Sentence

  1. Blood was seeping through the bandage.

  2. The chemicals seeped into the ground.

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Origin and Etymology of seep

alteration of earlier sipe, from Middle English sipen, from Old English sipian; akin to Middle Low German sipen to seep

seep Synonyms

Near Antonyms

flood, gush, pour, stream, surge;


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seep

noun

Definition of seep

1 a : a spot where a fluid (such as water, oil, or gas) contained in the ground oozes slowly to the surface and often forms a pool
b : a small spring
2 : seepage

seepy

play \ˈsē-pē\ adjective

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First Known Use of seep

1824

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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Definition of seep for English Language Learners

  • : to flow or pass slowly through small openings in something


SEEP Defined for Kids

seep

verb \ ˈsēp \

Definition of seep for Students

seeped; seeping
: to flow slowly through small openings
  • Water seeped into the basement.


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