Definition of weep in English:


Syllabification: weep
Pronunciation: /wēp

verb (past and past participle wept /wept/)

[no object]
  • 1Shed tears: a grieving mother wept over the body of her daughter [with object]: he wept bitter tears at her cruelty
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    • The weary mother wept as the bus began its long journey back to her small village.
    • He began to weep, the tears falling faster and faster from his eyes, running down his face.
    • She heard her mother begin to weep softly as her father comforted her.
  • 1.1Utter or express with tears: [with direct speech]: “No!” she wept
  • 1.2 [with object] archaic Mourn for; shed tears over: a young widow weeping her lost lord
  • 2Exude liquid: she rubbed one of the sores, making it weep
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    • They may weep, and eventually grow a crust or scab.
    • I could understand how skin like this might weep or bleed on occasion.
    • These blisters eventually burst to reveal small wet patches of red skin that may weep fluid.


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  • A fit or spell of shedding tears.
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    • She still has little weeps to herself when she thinks about Donald but she's on the mend.


Old English wēpan (verb), of Germanic origin, probably imitative.

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