Definition of weep in English:



[no object]
  • 1Shed tears.

    ‘a grieving mother wept over the body of her daughter’
    with object ‘he wept bitter tears at her cruelty’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘So, I sing songs to the mothers, and the mothers begin to weep.’
    • ‘Silently, she buried her face in the pillow, and wept.’
    • ‘She was prepared for an angry confrontation but was shocked when her mother simply began to weep.’
    • ‘Tears fell down his face as he began to weep bitterly.’
    • ‘When she saw Rose and all her brothers, their mother wept tears of joy.’
    • ‘She begins to weep, her body shaking, and then, when her grief is purged, she stares dead ahead.’
    • ‘Matt's mother went to sit down, beginning to weep bitterly.’
    • ‘And his big blue eyes filled with tears when his grandfather wept.’
    • ‘This time she'd been crying, weeping big hot tears.’
    • ‘There was a lot of discussion, a lot of negotiation between the two sides, there was tears, there was weeping.’
    • ‘Sarah's brother wept and hugged his mother after showing police where the eight-year-old disappeared, the court heard.’
    • ‘Jodi's mother wept as the verdict was announced.’
    • ‘Inside the apartment, Saeed's mother wept as she sat on the floor, surrounded by female relatives and other mourners.’
    • ‘Anjar's mother wept with joy, she could not believe that he had returned.’
    • ‘A mother broke down and wept when she visited the scene where her son was killed yesterday.’
    • ‘The teenager's mother wept and was comforted by his father as their son was led from the dock.’
    • ‘She held the pillow to her face, letting it soak up her tears, and wept silently.’
    cry, shed tears, sob, snivel, whimper, whine, mewl, bawl, lament, grieve, mourn, keen, wail
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    1. 1.1Utter or express with tears.
      with direct speech ‘‘No!’ she wept’
      back out, pull out, cancel, withdraw, beg off, excuse oneself
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    2. 1.2archaic with object Mourn for; shed tears over.
      ‘a young widow weeping her lost lord’
  • 2Exude liquid.

    ‘she rubbed the sore, making it weep’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘That eye may redden and weep, and the nostril on that side may experience stuffiness and discharge.’
    • ‘I recently saw a 64 year old man with a skin lesion on his knee that had been intermittently weeping pus over the past four weeks and had been growing in size.’
    • ‘Does anyone know the correct term for when the leaves ooze water or weep?’
    give off, give out, discharge, release, send out, send forth, emit, issue, emanate
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in singular
  • A fit or period of weeping.

    ‘sit down and have a weep’
    • ‘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
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Old English wēpan (verb), of Germanic origin, probably imitative.