from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To shed (tears) as an expression of emotion: weep bitter tears of remorse.
  • transitive v. To express grief or anguish for; lament: wept the death of the child.
  • transitive v. To bring to a specified condition by weeping: She wept herself into a state of exhaustion.
  • transitive v. To exude or let fall (drops of liquid): "cuts the jellied milk into tiny, soft curds that weep whey” ( Kit Snedaker).
  • intransitive v. To express emotion, such as grief or sadness, by shedding tears. See Synonyms at cry.
  • intransitive v. To mourn or grieve: wept for the dead.
  • intransitive v. To emit or run with drops of liquid: a sore that weeps.
  • n. A period or fit of weeping. Often used in the plural.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To cry, shed tears.
  • v. To produce secretions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of weep, for wept.
  • n. The lapwing; the wipe; -- so called from its cry.
  • intransitive v. Formerly, to express sorrow, grief, or anguish, by outcry, or by other manifest signs; in modern use, to show grief or other passions by shedding tears; to shed tears; to cry.
  • intransitive v. To lament; to complain.
  • intransitive v. To flow in drops; to run in drops.
  • intransitive v. To drop water, or the like; to drip; to be soaked.
  • intransitive v. To hang the branches, as if in sorrow; to be pendent; to droop; -- said of a plant or its branches.
  • transitive v. To lament; to bewail; to bemoan.
  • transitive v. To shed, or pour forth, as tears; to shed drop by drop, as if tears.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To gather moisture in drops from the atmosphere, as a water-vessel cooled with ice, or a cool metal pipe in a room where steam is present or the atmosphere is humid; also leak slowly from a joint in drops.
  • To express sorrow, grief, or anguish by outcry; wail; lament; in more modern usage, to shed tears.
  • To drop or flow as tears.
  • To let fall drops; drop water; drip; hence, to rain.
  • To give out moisture; be very damp.
  • To have drooping branches; be pendent; droop: as, a weeping tree; the weeping willow.
  • To lament; bewail; bemoan.
  • To shed or let fall drop by drop, as tears; give out in drops.
  • To spend or consume in weeping; exhaust in tears: usually followed by away, out, or the like.
  • n. Weeping; a fit of weeping.
  • n. Exudation; sweat, as of a gum-tree; a leak, as in the joint of a pipe.
  • n. Same as peweep for pewit. Also wype, wipe.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English wepen, from Old English wēpan.

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Old English wēpan



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