weep (wēp) v. wept (wĕpt), weep·ing, weeps v. tr. 1. To shed (tears) as an expression of emotion: weep bitter tears of remorse. 2. To express grief or anguish for; lament: wept the death of his child. 3. To bring to a specified condition by weeping: She wept herself into a state of exhaustion. 4. To exude or let fall (drops of liquid): "cuts the jellied milk into tiny, soft curds that weep whey" (Kit Snedaker). v. intr. 1.
To express emotion, such as grief, sadness, or joy, by shedding tears. See Synonyms at
2. To mourn or grieve: wept for the dead. 3. To emit or run with drops of liquid: a sore that weeps. n.
weeps A period or fit of weeping.
wepen, from Old English wēpan.] American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. weep ( wiːp) vb
weeping or wept 1. (Physiology) to shed (tears) as an expression of grief or unhappiness 2. (Physiology) (foll by: out) to utter, shedding tears 3. (when: intr, ) to mourn or lament (for something) foll by for 4. to exude (drops of liquid) 5. (Pathology) ( intr) (of a wound, etc) to exude a watery or serous fluid n
(Physiology) a spell of weeping
wēpan; related to Gothic wōpjan, Old High German wuofan, Old Slavonic vabiti to call] Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014 weep (wip) v. wept, weep•ing, n. v.i.
1. to express an overpowering emotion, esp. grief, by shedding tears; shed tears; cry.
2. to let fall drops of water or other liquid; drip; leak: a water tank weeping at the seams.
3. to exude water or liquid, as a plant stem or a sore. v.t.
4. to weep for (someone or something); mourn with tears; bewail: He wept his dead brother.
5. to shed (tears); pour forth in weeping.
6. to let fall or give forth in drops: trees weeping an odorous gum.
7. to pass, bring, put, etc., to or into a specified condition with the shedding of tears (usu. fol. by away, out, etc.): to weep one's eyes out. n.
8. weeping, or a fit of weeping.
9. the exudation of water or liquid.
[before 900; Middle English
wepen, Old English wēpan to wail, c. Old Saxon wōpian, Old High German wuofan to bewail, Old Norse æpa to shout] Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. cry weep 1. 'cry' Cry can be a verb or a noun. The other forms of the verb are cries, crying, cried. The plural of the noun is cries.
cry, tears come out of your eyes because you are unhappy, afraid, or in pain. Helen began to cry. Feed the baby as often as it cries. If the baby cried at night, Nick would comfort him. We heard what sounded like a little girl crying.
In conversation, you can say that someone has a
cry. She felt a lot better after a good cry. 2. 'weep' Weep means the same as cry. Weep is an old-fashioned word which is now used only in stories. The past tense and past participle of weep is wept, not 'weeped'. The girl was weeping as she kissed him goodbye. James wept when he heard the news. 3. another meaning of 'cry'
In a story, if someone
cries something, they shout it. 'Come on!' he cried. He cried out angrily, 'Get out of my house!'
is something that someone shouts. cry When she saw him she uttered a cry of surprise. We heard cries of 'Help! Please help me!' coming from the river. Collins COBUILD English Usage © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 2004, 2011, 2012 weep Past participle: wept Gerund: weeping Imperative Present Preterite Present Continuous Present Perfect Past Continuous Past Perfect Future Future Perfect Future Continuous Present Perfect Continuous Future Perfect Continuous Past Perfect Continuous Conditional Past Conditional Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011