weep

verb
\ ˈwēp How to pronounce weep (audio) \
wept\ ˈwept How to pronounce weep (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 Nearby, Cheryl Haywood, 59, could only shake her head and weep. Washington Post, "In D.C. the guilty verdict in Chauvin trial is met with cheers, tears and relief," 20 Apr. 2021 The challenges bore daunting names such as: body blender, jigglelator, sweep and weep, pummel pool, revolving French fries, messy mile and silver bullet. Diane Bell Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Being shot from a cannon wasn’t biggest ‘Wipeout’ challenge," 20 Apr. 2021 Serra football coach Patrick Walsh didn’t know whether to laugh, weep or celebrate. Mitch Stephens, San Francisco Chronicle, "High school roundup: No. 2 Serra intercepts six passes, beats sixth-ranked St. Ignatius," 17 Apr. 2021 Samuel Howell, 65, from Princeton, Minnesota, fell to his knees and began to weep at the sight. Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY, "Daunte Wright shooting: Protesters clash with police, call for justice; Brooklyn Center community and nation pay respects," 14 Apr. 2021 Corpses of men wearing civilian clothes lie strewn on the ground, one in a pool of blood, as other women shout and weep. Lucy Kassa, Los Angeles Times, "In an out-of-sight war, a massacre comes to light," 19 Mar. 2021 The two held each other tight as Jamie began to weep. NBC news, "Growing up on the block where George Floyd was killed," 4 Mar. 2021 The hospital turned its break rooms into respite rooms after seeing caregivers, one after another, retreat to the rooms to weep. Author: Kayla Ruble, Robert Klemko, Anchorage Daily News, "Dozens of restaurants in Michigan defy virus restrictions," 31 Jan. 2021 Sal wanted to weep at their saying the words correctly. Paul Theroux, The New Yorker, "Dietrologia," 30 Nov. 2020

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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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28 Apr 2021

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“Weep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weep. Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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More Definitions for weep

weep

verb

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 weep (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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