\ 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

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 Earlier this week, Walmsley rejected the defense’s requests for a mistrial after Arbery’s mother, Wanda Cooper-Jones, began to weep in the gallery. Washington Post, 16 Nov. 2021 Street scenes chart escalating horror as people stare and weep at the burning skyscrapers, then run from the dust cloud billowing through lower Manhattan after one of them crumbles. Arkansas Online, 9 Sep. 2021 The family of Aaron Lowe, including his mother Donna Lowe-Stern, Lowe's older brother, Christopher Jackson and Lowe's sister Davetta Jones weep as Aaron Lowe is remembered Saturday. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 Oct. 2021 While Churchill could thrill or weep (and Churchill was a cryer) at the swirl of Shakespearean drama, his intimate knowledge of the Bard wasn’t simply recreational. Tod Worner, National Review, 17 Oct. 2021 Bell attended church every Sunday, only to weep at the thought of her son looking down on his pained family from heaven. Los Angeles Times, 19 Oct. 2021 Sitting recently in his empty church, so far from Washington, Mr. Mullins began to weep, as the question hung heavy over him, his family, his community, this country. New York Times, 16 Oct. 2021 Artung would weep shamelessly, even extravagantly, after being upbraided by their superiors at Blessed Rest Retirement Home. Han Ong, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Both songs are overwhelmingly beautiful—people often weep during them, especially the goodbye song. Rebecca Misner, Condé Nast Traveler, 1 Sep. 2021

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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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“Weep.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weep. Accessed 2 Dec. 2021.

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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


\ 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 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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