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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.

  1. to become diffused; permeate: Fog seeped through the trees, obliterating everything.

verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to seep; filter: The vodka is seeped through charcoal to purify it.

  1. moisture that seeps out; seepage.

  2. a small spring, pool, or other place where liquid from the ground has oozed to the surface of the earth.

Origin of seep

1780–90; perhaps variant of dial. sipe, itself perhaps continuing Old English sīpian (cognate with Middle Low German sīpen)

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How to use seep in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for seep


/ (siːp) /

  1. (intr) to pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings; ooze

  1. a small spring or place where water, oil, etc, has oozed through the ground

  2. another word for seepage

Origin of seep

Old English sīpian; related to Middle High German sīfen, Swedish dialect sipa

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