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 Meanwhile, the floor is covered with several dozen men who still writhe and weep, like figures in a tableau vivant of a Hieronymus Bosch painting. Barrett Swanson, Harper's magazine, "Men at Work," 28 Oct. 2019 Honourary guests Gianfranco Zola and Jesper Gronkjaer weep audibly in the crowd, while the ominous whirring of Roman Abramovich's helicopter begins to sound overhead. SI.com, "90min's Premier League Hall of Fame: Class of 2012," 23 Oct. 2019 On June 12th, shortly after the unrest began, young protesters wept after the police fired rubber bullets at them. The Economist, "A draconian law invoked by Hong Kong is unlikely to restore calm," 10 Oct. 2019 Paris weeps for its own this afternoon after this terrifying attack in the police headquarters. Sylvie Corbet, Anchorage Daily News, "Employee of Paris police department kills 4 officers in knife attack," 3 Oct. 2019 This week, the celebrity-loving world wept for the death of love. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Jamie Foxx Gushes About His Pride for His Daughter, Corinne Foxx, Amid News of Katie Holmes Split," 24 Aug. 2019 People given the gift of mobility, however, sometimes wept with joy. James R. Hagerty, WSJ, "Ken Behring, Real Estate Baron, Found Joy in Giving Away Wheelchairs," 12 July 2019 Alexander wept for there were no more worlds to conquer. Matthew De Silva, Quartz, "Jeffrey Epstein’s bitcoin intrigue deserves scrutiny at MIT," 12 Sep. 2019 Harris, watching from his seat in the courtroom, maybe ten feet away, wept as his son spoke the truth. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "Two Dans, Two Elections, and No Winners," 10 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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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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