weep

verb
\ ˈwēp \
wept\ˈwept \; weeping

Definition of weep 

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

2a : to give off or leak fluid slowly : ooze

b of a fluid : to flow sluggishly or in drops

3 : to droop over : bend

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Synonyms for weep

Synonyms

bawl, blubber, cry, sob

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Examples of weep in a Sentence

He wept at the news of her death. She sat down and wept. He wept bitter tears of disappointment. The meringue will weep if you put it in the fridge.
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The texture of raw tuna pivots around a delicate, springy network of proteins and water, and prolonged contact with salt or sugar in a marinade causes that water to weep as the protein web warps. Ali Bouzari, SFChronicle.com, "Housemade: The magic of Liholiho Yacht Club," 22 June 2018 All around her through the day people spoke quietly and wept and some of the refugees with medical backgrounds tended to the wounded, and others passed through sleep and into death. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, "Under the Wave," 9 July 2017 The car with Hannah drives off, and June falls on her knees in the snow, weeping. Rena Gross, Billboard, "14 Significant Moments From 'The Handmaid's Tale' Season 2, Episode 10 'The Last Ceremony'," 20 June 2018 My blood, unable to clot, wept from the puncture wounds on my ankle, and bruising, a sign of internal hemorrhaging, had bloomed to above my knee. Kyle Dickman, Outside Online, "A Rattle with Death in Yosemite," 20 June 2018 Nummular dermatitis usually starts on your legs, torso, arms, hands, and feet as tiny, red spots and blister-like sores that weep fluid and crust over, the AAD says. Korin Miller, SELF, "5 Types of Eczema You Should Know, Because There’s Actually More Than One," 31 May 2018 Jones’ loved ones wept in the courtroom as Jones’ recording was played over and over. Marc Freeman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Corey Jones shooting: Audio recording disputed in ex-cop's 'stand your ground' claim," 7 May 2018 One woman, picking up a ribbon in chocolate, begins to weep. Claire Mcneill, Bon Appetit, "Inside the National Pie Championships: Keep Calm and Carry Cool Whip," 13 Apr. 2018 People in the back seat also sing, dance (sort of), and, in at least one instance, weep. Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "‘The King’ takes Elvis’s Rolls-Royce for a ride," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of weep

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for weep

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

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The first known use of weep was before the 12th century

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More Definitions for weep

weep

verb

English Language Learners Definition of weep

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

: to produce a liquid slowly

weep

verb
\ ˈwēp \
wept\ˈwept \; weeping

Kids Definition of weep

: to shed tears : cry

weep

verb
\ ˈwēp \
wept\ˈwept \; weeping

Medical Definition of weep 

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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