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[seep] /sip/
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.
Origin of seep
1780-90; perhaps variant of dial. sipe, itself perhaps continuing Old English sīpian (cognate with Middle Low German sīpen) Unabridged
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Examples from the web for seep
  • Even if the stored gas didn't leak straight to the surface, it might seep into groundwater supplies.
  • After your job is secure, let the follicles folly and the truth seep out.
  • Plants on slopes are often challenging to irrigate, since water can run downhill faster than it can seep into the root zone.
  • These are the types of jobs that pay decently and but don't seep into the rest of your life.
  • Wear them under your pants so the rain can't seep inside the gaiter and down into your boots.
  • And as his ideas seep into the mainstream, he could yet make the world safe for financial engineering.
  • Cold seep communities thrive on cooler, mineralized water leaking from the muddy sea floor.
  • Instead there is a steady seep of gas in the surrounding air.
  • 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.
British Dictionary definitions for seep


(intransitive) to pass gradually or leak through or as if through small openings; ooze
a small spring or place where water, oil, etc, has oozed through the ground
another word for seepage
Word Origin
Old English sīpian; related to Middle High German sīfen, Swedish dialect sipa
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Word Origin and History for seep

1790, variant of sipe (c.1500), possibly from Old English sipian "to seep," from Proto-Germanic *sip- (cf. Middle High German sifen, Dutch sijpelen "to ooze"), from PIE root *seib- "to pour out, drip, trickle" (see soap (n.)). Related: Seeped; seeping.

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