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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 seeped
  • The sun was down and a chill seeped down the hill as day visitors hurried to their cars.
  • Pale light seeped in from a sun rising somewhere out of sight.
  • But the wax seeped through the canvas, and the excess had to be removed from the painting's surface, leaving waxy residues.
  • What struck me reading the essay is the larger concept of peer review and how it has seeped into the web experience.
  • But spores clearly seeped out through the weave of the envelopes, contaminating postal facilities and jumping to other mail.
  • We touch the spot on our shirt where the ink has seeped.
  • But when that notion is seeped so resolutely into the core of a movie, it makes for a headache-inducing experience.
  • Eventually, the sensibilities of art seeped into his work.
  • Blood seeped from a golf ball-sized hole in his leg.
  • The delicious mix of coffee and liquid courage merely seeped through and drained from the bottom.
British Dictionary definitions for seeped


(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 seeped



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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