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'Neillb : to become diffused or spread a sadness seeped through his being — Agnes S. Turnbull
Examples of seep in a sentence
Blood was seeping through the bandage.
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
First Known Use of seep
SEEP Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of seep for English Language Learners
: to flow or pass slowly through small openings in something
SEEP Defined for Kids
Definition of seep for Students
: to flow slowly through small openings Water seeped into the basement.
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