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verb (used without object),wept [wept], /wɛpt/, weep·ing [wee-ping]. /ˈwi pɪŋ/.
  1. to express grief, sorrow, or any overpowering emotion by shedding tears; shed tears; cry: to weep for joy;to weep with rage.

  2. to let fall drops of water or other liquid; drip; leak: The old water tank was weeping at the seams.

  1. to exude water or liquid, as soil, a rock, a plant stem, or a sore.

verb (used with object),wept [wept], /wɛpt/, weep·ing [wee-ping]. /ˈwi pɪŋ/.
  1. to weep for (someone or something); mourn with tears or other expression of sorrow: He wept his dead brother.

  2. to shed (tears); pour forth in weeping: to weep tears of gratitude.

  1. to let fall or give forth in drops: trees weeping an odorous gum.

  2. 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.

  1. weeping, or a fit of weeping.

  2. the exudation of water or liquid.

Origin of weep

First recorded before 900; Middle English wepen, Old English wēpan “to wail”; cognate with Gothic wōpjan “to call,” Old Norse æpa “to cry out”

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nounBritish Dialect.
  1. the lapwing, Vanellus vanellus, of Europe.

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/ (wiːp) /

verbweeps, weeping or wept
  1. to shed (tears) as an expression of grief or unhappiness

  2. (tr foll by out) to utter, shedding tears

  1. (when intr, foll by for) to mourn or lament (for something)

  2. to exude (drops of liquid)

  3. (intr) (of a wound, etc) to exude a watery or serous fluid

  1. a spell of weeping

Origin of weep

Old English wēpan; related to Gothic wōpjan, Old High German wuofan, Old Slavonic vabiti to call

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