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seep

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verb \ˈsēp\

Definition of seep

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to flow or pass slowly through fine pores or small openings :  ooze water seeped in through a crack

  3. 2a :  to enter or penetrate slowly fear of nuclear war had seeped into the national consciousness — Tip O'Neillb :  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.

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


First Known Use: 1790


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seep

noun

Definition of seep

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

  2. 2 :  seepage

seepy

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1824

First Known Use of seep

1824


SEEP Defined for English Language Learners

seep

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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

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verb \ˈsēp\

Definition of seep for Students

seeped

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seeping

  1. :  to flow slowly through small openings Water seeped into the basement.



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