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v. leaked, leak·ing, leaks
1. To permit the escape, entry, or passage of something through a breach or flaw: rusted pipes that were beginning to leak; a boat leaking at the seams.
2. To escape or pass through a breach or flaw: helium leaking slowly from the balloon.
3. To become publicly known through a breach of secrecy: The news has leaked.
1. To permit (a substance) to escape or pass through a breach or flaw: a damaged reactor leaking radioactivity into the atmosphere.
2. To disclose without authorization or official sanction: leaked classified information to a reporter.
1. A crack or flaw that permits something to escape from or enter a container or conduit: fixed the leak in the roof.
a. The act or instance of leaking.
b. An amount leaked: equipment used in cleaning up oil leaks.
3. An unauthorized or a deliberate disclosure of confidential information: "Sometimes we can't respond to stories based on leaks" (Ronald Reagan).
a. Loss of electric current as a result of faulty insulation.
b. The path or place at which this loss takes place.
take a leak Vulgar Slang
To urinate.

[Middle English leken, probably from Middle Dutch lēken.]

leak′er n.


made public
References in classic literature ?
He saw where his boat leaked, but he did not look for the leak, perhaps purposely deceiving himself.
She was work- ing herself loose, and leaked badly--not enough to drown us at once, but enough to kill us with the work at the pumps.
You see, a lot of information seems to have got over on the other side, and we couldn't think where it had leaked out, except through your wireless.
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22 June 2017 - Leaking information on mergers and acquisitions deals before any public announcement of the transaction added an extra USD 21m to the average value of deals announced in 2016 that leaked, according to new research from Intralinks, a business of Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.
The deep penetration of water in a heavy or wind-driven rainstorm will cause a leak by its sheer volume that would not have leaked as a result of a light rainstorm.
Around 15 nude photos of the 34-year-old "Piranha 3D" actress were leaked earlier, all of which showed her in provocative poses while lying in bed.
The temperature change of the soil near the leak due to intrusion of leaked product at a different temperature than the soil, or due to Thompson-Joule cooling from high-pressure gas expansion.