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, blub [chiefly British], 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 Queen openly wept when HMY Britannia was decommissioned in 1997. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "The Story Behind the Royal Family's Yacht, Britannia," 30 Sep. 2018 Papa!’’ one child is heard weeping in the audio file that was first reported Monday by the nonprofit ProPublica and later provided to The Associated Press. Nomaan Merchant And Anita Snow, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Papa! Papa!’ Audio of children crying for parents stokes rage over separation," 19 June 2018 No more undertakers in black suits clutching handkerchiefs, old buddies weeping in corners, telling off-color stories, nipping shots, no more covered mirrors, black dresses, skullcaps and crucifixes. Edward Hirsch, The New Yorker, "My Friends Don’t Get Buried," 16 June 2018 Older fans weep in recollection; younger ones eschew the customary disdain for things old and distant. Tim Layden, SI.com, "Remembering Chic Anderson’s Legendary Call of Secretariat’s Record Run at 1973 Belmont Stakes," 4 June 2018 Mendez is shown on security camera footage weeping in her arms. Mark Curnutte, Cincinnati.com, "ICE deports stepfather of paraplegic boy. `We can not do anything else.'," 7 Mar. 2018 The wedding, alongside a lake at a guest ranch, took place the following August, just a year after Christina had wept to her father in her clinic's parking lot. Laura Munson, Good Housekeeping, "The Cancer Her Doctors Missed," 27 Feb. 2012 Of Mike Calzone, who, upon hearing of my father’s death, had wept in front of the other inmates in Fort Dix’s federal prison and died of cancer not long after getting out. Longreads, "The Cold War and its Fallout," 16 June 2018 Mulroney, who did have a summer math position open, nearly wept with joy. Philly.com, "A former drug dealer made good and became a Philly teacher. So why is he thinking of leaving the profession?," 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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