weep

verb \ ˈwēp \

Definition of weep

wept play \ˈwept\; weeping
transitive verb
1 :to express deep sorrow for usually by shedding tears :bewail
  • weeping the sins and errors of his youth
  • —Edward Gibbon
2 :to pour forth (tears) from the eyes
3 :to exude (a fluid) slowly :ooze
  • a tree weeping sap
intransitive verb
1 :to express passion (such as grief) by shedding tears
2 a :to give off or leak fluid slowly :ooze
b of a fluid :to flow sluggishly or in drops
3 :to droop over :bend

Examples of weep in a Sentence

  1. He wept at the news of her death.

  2. She sat down and wept.

  3. He wept bitter tears of disappointment.

  4. The meringue will weep if you put it in the fridge.

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Origin and Etymology of weep

Middle English wepen, from Old English wēpan; akin to Old High German wuoffan to weep, Serbian & Croatian vapiti to cry out

weep Synonyms


WEEP Defined for English Language Learners

weep

verb

Definition of weep for English Language Learners

  • : to cry because you are very sad or are feeling some other strong emotion

  • : to produce a liquid slowly


WEEP Defined for Kids

weep

verb \ ˈwēp \

Definition of weep for Students

wept \ˈwept\; weeping
:to shed tears :cry

Medical Dictionary

weep

verb \ ˈwēp \

medical Definition of weep

wept play \ˈwept\; weeping
transitive verb
1 :to pour forth (tears) from the eyes
2 :to exude (a fluid) slowly
intransitive verb
1 :to shed tears
2 :to exude a serous fluid
  • a weeping burn


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