- to pass, flow, or ooze gradually through a porous substance: Water seeps through cracks in the wall.
- (of ideas, methods, etc.) to enter or be introduced at a slow pace: The new ideas finally seeped down to the lower echelons.
- to become diffused; permeate: Fog seeped through the trees, obliterating everything.
- to cause to seep; filter: The vodka is seeped through charcoal to purify it.
- moisture that seeps out; seepage.
- a small spring, pool, or other place where liquid from the ground has oozed to the surface of the earth.
Origin of seep
Examples from the Web for seep
Freedom will seep into the bedrock as we rediscover our backbone.Market Leninism vs. the West
March 30, 2014
In other words, take a minute to really be conscious of the emotion, instead of just letting it seep in.Send Bin Laden the Bill: Dakota Meyer on His Return From Afghanistan
September 29, 2012
And it takes time for world events to seep into the culture.The Inadvertent Roman-a-Clef: Not Writing a Novel About Daniel Pearl
July 5, 2012
All that needed to be added was time: time for the past to seep into future memory and take root there.Geoff Dyer's 'The Missing of the Somme' Reconsidered
November 11, 2011
Petraeus allowed no daylight to seep in between himself and the president.Petraeus Locked Obama In
Leslie H. Gelb
June 29, 2010
There were no sounds but the seep of sand, the moan of wind, the mourn of wolf.The U.P. Trail
The fourth night from the river we camped at a small "seep" spring.Jacob Hamblin: A Narrative of His Personal Experience
James A. Little
A growing realization and horror began to seep through Mel's mind.All In The Mind
Gene L. Henderson
The tension seemed to seep out of the room as tangible as a stream of water.Cue for Quiet
Thomas L. Sherred
Strange stories of Bob's doings began to seep into my office.Friday, the Thirteenth
Thomas W. Lawson
- (intr) to pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings; ooze
- a small spring or place where water, oil, etc, has oozed through the ground
- another word for seepage
Word Origin and History for seep
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.