Definition of seep in English:

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Pronunciation: /siːp/


[no object, with adverbial of direction]
(Of a liquid) flow or leak slowly through porous material or small holes: water began to seep through the soles of his boots
More example sentences
  • Water seeped into deep holes he dug, enough to quench thirst for another few days.
  • Oil has seeped into the water table, and air pollution is a serious problem.
  • When you remove the ring after completing the layering you'll have a pretty pool of green oil seeping out from the edge.
ooze, trickle, exude, drip, dribble, flow, issue, discharge, excrete, escape, leak, drain, bleed, sweat, well, leach, filter, percolate, permeate, soak;
Medicine  extravasate
rare filtrate, transude, exudate


North American
A place where petroleum or water oozes slowly out of the ground.
Example sentences
  • The stable isotope composition of the first and second stages of the worm tube carbonates is similar to that of carbonates from modern petroleum seeps.
  • Some creeks or river reaches are fed by springs or groundwater seeps.
  • They breed in alpine areas, near seeps, streams, lakes, or wet meadows.


Late 18th century: perhaps a dialect form of Old English sīpian 'to soak'.

Words that rhyme with seep

asleep, beep, bleep, cheap, cheep, creep, deep, heap, Jeep, keep, leap, neap, neep, peep, reap, sheep, skin-deep, sleep, steep, Streep, sweep, veep, weep

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