verb (used without object)
to pass, flow, or ooze gradually through a porous substance: Water seeps through cracks in the wall.
(of ideas, methods, etc.) to enter or be introduced at a slow pace: The new ideas finally seeped down to the lower echelons.
to become diffused; permeate: Fog seeped through the trees, obliterating everything.
verb (used with object)
to cause to seep; filter: The vodka is seeped through charcoal to purify it.
moisture that seeps out; seepage.
a small spring, pool, or other place where liquid from the ground has oozed to the surface of the earth.

1780–90; perhaps variant of dial. sipe, itself perhaps continuing Old English sīpian (cognate with Middle Low German sīpen) Unabridged
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seep (siːp)
1.  (intr) to pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings; ooze
2.  a small spring or place where water, oil, etc, has oozed through the ground
3.  another word for seepage
[Old English sīpian; related to Middle High German sīfen, Swedish dialect sipa]

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Word Origin & History

1790, variant of sipe (1503), possibly from O.E. sipian "to seep," from P.Gmc. *sip- (cf. M.H.G. sifen, Du. sijpelen "to ooze").
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Example sentences
Even if the stored gas didn't leak straight to the surface, it might seep into groundwater supplies.
And by pumping out oil from the highest reservoir you release the pressure on the lower ones, allowing more oil to seep up.
The worry is that condensation from a crankcase ventilation port could seep into the brake system vacuum port and freeze.
After your job is secure, let the follicles folly and the truth seep out.
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