\ 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

Barnett, who attended the hearing in a wheelchair, covered her face with her hands and wept, her shoulders shaking, after LaBahn announced the decision. Katherine Ellison, The Mercury News, "Judith Barnett, South Bay woman who plotted to kill her ex 40 years ago, granted parole," 4 June 2019 Prepare to weep, because Prince Harry is talking about the royal baby again. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince Harry Calling the Royal Baby 'Our Little Bump' Is the Sweetest Thing You'll Hear Today," 29 Oct. 2018 Photographs of them leaving Justin Bieber’s American Music Awards after-party in L.A. surface, causing millions of Zayn fans to weep rivers. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "A Definitive Timeline of Zayn Malik and Gigi Hadid's Relationship," 13 Mar. 2018 Someone please hand Brown a towel in which to weep. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Paul Daugherty: Sorry Bengals fans, Mike Brown isn't changing," 22 Jan. 2018 No one will weep for Blackmon, who still will make more money than most people in this world can dream of. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Once One of 2018's Top Free Agents, Charlie Blackmon Safely Signs Extension With Rockies," 5 Apr. 2018 Take the Brett Kavanaugh story, for example—one that left many women weeping at their TVs and laptops (while alternately raging at the patriarchy). Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Jessica Yellin Is a Veteran Reporter Out to Change the Way You Get Your News," 20 Nov. 2018 When these victims were weeping on the stand, Bill Cosby was laughing at them. Stacey Leasca, Glamour, "Cosby Survivor Lili Bernard: ‘I’m Not Afraid Anymore’," 28 Apr. 2018 The Krasinski-Blunts redefined couple goals when John Krasinski straight-up wept after his wife's win. Vogue, "These Are the Most-Viral Moments From the SAG Awards 2019," 28 Jan. 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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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


\ 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 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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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