\ 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 Star Witness Family members wept in court on Wednesday as Lavidas removed his suit jacket, belt and tie in preparation to be moved back to the MCC. Bob Van Voris, Bloomberg.com, "Global Insider-Trading Probe Lands Conviction of U.S. Leaker," 8 May 2020 Zariah Clayton and her siblings wept in their family members’ arms while a video in remembrance of their mother played inside the Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home in Pontiac. Freep.com, "Pontiac family grieves while coronavirus leaves some domestic abuse victims in isolation," 7 May 2020 What had my friend Claire weeping in front of her computer last week, after reading that Warren had suspended her campaign, was grief, sure, but also rage and frustration. Katha Pollitt, The New Yorker, "Mad About Elizabeth Warren," 13 Mar. 2020 Our Lady of Chicago would weep again in September 1988 and July 1995. Kori Rumore, chicagotribune.com, "Nine times people in Chicago saw the Virgin Mary: 'A sort of tangible, visible encounter with the divine'," 12 Sep. 2019 As Loarca was led away in shackles to start his sentence, several of Parsons relatives wept in fury. Amanda Milkovits, BostonGlobe.com, "‘We’re never going to see him again’: Relative mourns Providence shooting victim," 30 Aug. 2019 And the collective cerebrum in tech plants a bramble of code: cellular fruit to get there first— one of the exoplanets, the news outlets say, must be awash in water: H2O slapping its weeping waves around a cobalt. Aria Aber, The New Republic, "Blessed Are the Rich," 17 Apr. 2020 Meanwhile, our kids scampered over the boulders near a weeping cherry tree. Emily Raboteau, The New York Review of Books, "A Change in Lesson Plans: Homeschooling in a Pandemic," 17 Mar. 2020 Mice have been a problem in the past, but Dutch farmers no longer wring their hands and weep for their fields. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "A plague upon your land: Mouse damage visible from space," 25 July 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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27 May 2020

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“Weep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weep. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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


\ 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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