\ 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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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 sudden order to hunker down can overwhelm students, who have wept and soiled themselves, written farewell messages to family members and wills explaining what should be done with their bicycles and PlayStations. John Woodrow Cox, The Seattle Times, "Numerous school lockdowns are traumatizing the nation’s children," 26 Dec. 2018 Wood’s funeral, held on December 3rd, showed a devastated, weeping Wagner, surrounded by friends, family, and the cream of the entertainment world: Laurence Olivier, Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck, and Rock Hudson. Nancy Bilyeau, Town & Country, "What Really Happened to Natalie Wood?," 29 Nov. 2018 Just being a person in the world is exhausting, and weeping recharges your batteries! Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "15 Sad Movies for When You Need Something to Cry About," 3 Oct. 2018 Scenes ranging from Carell weeping to Chalamet sharing a happy moment with his siblings continue to fill the new clip. Megan Stein, Country Living, "Steve Carell Sobbing in the New 'Beautiful Boy' Trailer Will Wreck Your Soul," 19 Sep. 2018 His organization, the India Rationalist Association, uses science to explain what many believe to be miracles, such as a statue of Jesus, that, because of a leaking pipe, appeared to be weeping. Seema Yasmin, SELF, "In Rural India, Protecting Women From Witch Hunting, and an Impending Flood," 17 Aug. 2018 There’s a Raiders fan in your family who spent $1,000 on chain mail and silver face-paint before the season began and is going to spend the day weeping softly in the garage. Jason Gay, WSJ, "27 More Rules of Thanksgiving Family Touch Football," 19 Nov. 2018 Outside the courtroom, some of the victims’ family members wept in one another’s arms. Matthew Barakat, The Seattle Times, "Jury spares life of soldier convicted of killing wife, cop," 25 Oct. 2018 New York media reported Bruns wept in court after bail was set at $75,000 bond or $25,000 cash. Lisa Gutierrez, kansascity, "'She took the lives of 2 innocent babies.' Driver charged in death of actor's 4-year-old | The Kansas City Star," 3 May 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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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


\ ˈwēp \
wept\ ˈwept \; weeping

Kids Definition of weep

: to shed tears : cry


\ 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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