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seep

[seep] /sip/
verb (used without object)
1.
to pass, flow, or ooze gradually through a porous substance:
Water seeps through cracks in the wall.
2.
(of ideas, methods, etc.) to enter or be introduced at a slow pace:
The new ideas finally seeped down to the lower echelons.
3.
to become diffused; permeate:
Fog seeped through the trees, obliterating everything.
verb (used with object)
4.
to cause to seep; filter:
The vodka is seeped through charcoal to purify it.
noun
5.
moisture that seeps out; seepage.
6.
a small spring, pool, or other place where liquid from the ground has oozed to the surface of the earth.
Origin of seep
1780-1790
1780-90; perhaps variant of dial. sipe, itself perhaps continuing Old English sīpian (cognate with Middle Low German sīpen)
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  • The water that seeped into the puddle on the floor moistened their lips as they talked.

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  • Sleep held him until daylight seeped in through the one dingy window.

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British Dictionary definitions for seeped

seep

/siːp/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings; ooze
noun
2.
a small spring or place where water, oil, etc, has oozed through the ground
3.
another word for seepage
Word Origin
Old English sīpian; related to Middle High German sīfen, Swedish dialect sipa
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Word Origin and History for seeped

seep

v.

1790, variant of sipe (c.1500), possibly from Old English sipian "to seep," from Proto-Germanic *sip- (cf. Middle High German sifen, Dutch sijpelen "to ooze"), from PIE root *seib- "to pour out, drip, trickle" (see soap (n.)). Related: Seeped; seeping.

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