Definition of weep in English:


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Pronunciation: /wiːp

verb (past and past participle wept /wɛpt/)

[no object]
1Shed tears: a grieving mother wept over the body of her daughter [with object]: he wept bitter tears at her cruelty (as adjective weeping) the weeping figure of a woman
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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.
cry, shed tears, sob, snivel, whimper, whine, mewl, bawl, lament, grieve, mourn, keen, wail; Scottishgreet
informal boohoo, blub, blubber
literary pule
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
2 (as adjective weeping) Used in names of tree and shrub varieties with drooping branches, e.g. weeping cherry.
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  • A weeping ash tree which stood in the square for 80 years was felled last year because of concerns over safety.
  • As readers will know, the old weeping ash tree in King's Square has now been removed.
  • The trees are all taller, except for the weeping cherry which my mother cut down for crimes against the view.
3Exude liquid: she rubbed the sore, 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 period of weeping: sit down and have a weep
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  • She still has little weeps to herself when she thinks about Donald but she's on the mend.
cry, sob, snivel, whimper, mewl, bawl, lament; flood of tears
informal blub, blubber
British informal grizzle
literary pule


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



More example sentences
  • Meg Ryan and Rosie O'Donnell are talking, weepingly, about the scene in An Affair to Remember which always makes them cry.
  • ‘It's too soon ’, the father weepingly admits.

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