weep

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

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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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Recent Examples on the Web Khamenei, who had a close relationship with Soleimani, wept at one point during the traditional Muslim prayers for the dead. CBS News, "Iran denies shooting at crowds protesting after plane was shot down," 13 Jan. 2020 Khamenei, who had a close relationship with Soleimani, wept at one point during the traditional Muslim prayers for the dead. Time, "'We Promise to Continue Down Martyr Soleimani's Path.' Huge Crowds of Mourners in Tehran Attend Funeral For Qasem Soleimani," 6 Jan. 2020 Khamenei, who had a close relationship with Soleimani, wept at one point during the traditional Muslim prayers for the dead. Nasser Karimi And Jon Gambrell, USA TODAY, "Iran's Supreme Leader weeps at Gen. Qasem Soleimani’s funeral as masses mourn," 6 Jan. 2020 Khamenei, who had a close relationship with Soleimani, wept at one point during the traditional Muslim prayers for the dead. Author: Nasser Karimi, Jon Gambrell, Anchorage Daily News, "Iran holds massive funeral for US-slain commander amid calls for vengeance," 6 Jan. 2020 It was influenced by outcasts, too, including peddlers, prostitutes, and impoverished women hired to weep at funerals. Jennifer Homans, The New Yorker, "Noche Flamenca Gets Deeper with Age," 30 Dec. 2019 The former officer, her head down, wept at the defense table. Ashley Killough, CNN, "A day after emotional verdict, more witnesses will testify in the sentencing phase of ex-cop Amber Guyger," 2 Oct. 2019 Under the public mischief charge, the defendant, who wept at one point during the hearing, faces a maximum year in prison and a 1,700-euro ($1,853) fine. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Cyprus trial of Brit accused of making up rape claim starts," 2 Oct. 2019 Commiserate and stand in solidarity with the broken hearts weeping at the sight of mistletoe and aching just a little extra this time of year. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "A Holiday Party Isn't Complete Without These 19 Best Christmas Songs," 27 Sep. 2019

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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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22 Jan 2020

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“Weep.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weep. Accessed 23 January 2020.

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More Definitions for weep

weep

verb
How to pronounce weep (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of weep

somewhat formal : to cry because you are very sad or are feeling some other strong emotion
: to produce a liquid slowly

weep

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

Kids Definition of weep

: to shed tears : cry

weep

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