- simple past tense and past participle of weep1.
- to express grief, sorrow, or any overpowering emotion by shedding tears; shed tears; cry: to weep for joy; to weep with rage.
- to let fall drops of water or other liquid; drip; leak: The old water tank was weeping at the seams.
- to exude water or liquid, as soil, a rock, a plant stem, or a sore.
- to weep for (someone or something); mourn with tears or other expression of sorrow: He wept his dead brother.
- to shed (tears); pour forth in weeping: to weep tears of gratitude.
- to let fall or give forth in drops: trees weeping an odorous gum.
- to pass, bring, put, etc., to or into a specified condition with the shedding of tears (usually followed by away, out, etc.): to weep one's eyes out; to weep oneself to sleep.
- weeping, or a fit of weeping.
- the exudation of water or liquid.
Origin of weep1
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Examples from the Web for wept
So they laid her on a bier, and all seven of them sat down beside it and wept and wept for three whole days.In New Brothers Grimm 'Snow White', The Prince Doesn't Save Her
The Brothers Grimm
November 30, 2014
The Israelites were carried off to Babylon, where they wept by the waters.ISIS Is About to Destroy Biblical History in Iraq
July 7, 2014
“With a gun in my hand, I wept,” he says, eyes red and cigarette smoke billowing.Syria’s Underground Film Club: Anonymous ‘Emergency Cinema,’ No Dead Bodies
June 29, 2014
We have wept that God may show his beneficence his mercy and that his peace may come upon the people of Pakistan.Bergdahl’s Dad: Drone Killed Captor’s Kid
June 6, 2014
That had upset her, she wept, and Donte is still recovering.The All-American Abuse of ‘Friday Night Tykes’
January 23, 2014
And then, amid his lore of wretchedness he hid his face and wept.The Christmas Banquet (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
He told of old servants who had wept when he decided to close the house and go away.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Big tears rolled down his face, but he smiled all the time that he wept.
His maiden looked up from her mother's lap where she wept for him, and fled shrieking.The Trail Book
And now here was some one who wept because she had spoken of her mother to him.
- the past tense and past participle of weep
- to shed (tears) as an expression of grief or unhappiness
- (tr foll by out) to utter, shedding tears
- (when intr, foll by for) to mourn or lament (for something)
- to exude (drops of liquid)
- (intr) (of a wound, etc) to exude a watery or serous fluid
- a spell of weeping
Word Origin and History for wept
Old English wepan "shed tears, cry" (class VII strong verb; past tense weop, past participle wopen), from Proto-Germanic *wopjan (cf. Old Norse op, Old High German wuof "shout, shouting, crying," Old Saxon wopian, Gothic wopjan "to shout, cry out, weep"), from PIE *wab- "to cry, scream" (cf. Latin vapulare "to be flogged;" Old Church Slavonic vupiti "to call," vypu "gull"). Weeping willow (cf. French saule pleureur, German trauerweide) is recorded from 1731. The tree is native to Asia; the first brought to England were imported 1748, from the Euphrates. Replaced cypress as a funerary emblem.