\ ˈwēp How to pronounce weep (audio) \
wept\ ˈwept How to pronounce weep (audio) \; 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Grown men and women will weep in the streets, but also laugh, because this book is every genre and also an entirely new genre, and that new genre will be named after me. Kathryn Kvas, The New Yorker, 12 May 2022 At the Botanical Garden, discreet paths lead to forested nooks with private benches and logs perfect to weep on. Vanessa Arredondo, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Apr. 2022 Foo Fighters fans weep Friday at the Stereo Picnic festival in Bogotá, Colombia, after the death of the band's drummer, Taylor Hawkins. NBC News, 27 Mar. 2022 At this point, to the visible discomfort of the roomful of older men, Holmes begins to weep. Lidija Haas, The New Republic, 4 Mar. 2022 When Anzu summons his energies, the tiny marshmallowy creatures that constitute his city’s people do not weep or flee but instead dance, laugh and play. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, 11 Feb. 2022 At their modern-day shows, attendees may not know whether to weep or to literally get a buzz on from the actual physiological oscillation produced by four master voices meticulously coming together. Chris Willman, Variety, 27 Jan. 2022 Jonathan Franzen delivered a pious page-turner, Spider-Man saved the COVID-19-stricken box office, and Adele gave us a whole new album of breakup ballads to weep over. Melissa Ruggieri, USA TODAY, 4 Jan. 2022 Habibi begins to weep and Karl mutters an excuse and hangs up. Jamil Jan Kochai, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Weep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weep. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for weep


\ ˈwēp How to pronounce weep (audio) \
wept\ ˈwept \; weeping

Kids Definition of weep

: to shed tears : cry


\ ˈwēp How to pronounce weep (audio) \
wept\ ˈwept How to pronounce weep (audio) \; 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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