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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cry, weepverb

    shed tears because of sadness, rage, or pain

    "She cried bitterly when she heard the news of his death"; "The girl in the wheelchair wept with frustration when she could not get up the stairs"


  1. weepverb

    To cry, shed tears.

  2. weepverb

    To produce secretions.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Weepverb

    If thou wilt weep my fortunes, take my eyes. William Shakespeare.

    Nor was I near to close his dying eyes,
    To wash his wounds, to weep his obsequies. Dryden.

    We wand’ring go
    Through dreary wastes, and weep each other’s woe. Alexander Pope.

    Thus was this place
    A happy rural feat of various view,
    Groves whose rich trees wept od’rous gums and balm. John Milton.

    Let India boast her plants, nor envy we
    The weeping amber or the balmy tree,
    While by our oaks the precious loads are borne,
    And realms commanded which those trees adorn. Alexander Pope.

    Rey-grass grows on clayey and weeping grounds. John Mortimer.

  2. To WEEPverb

    preter. and part. pass. wept, weeped.

    Etymology: weopan , Saxon.

    In that sad time
    My manly eyes did scorn an humble tear;
    And what these sorrows could not hence exhale,
    That beauty hath, and made them blind with weeping. William Shakespeare.

    I fear he will prove the weeping philosopher when he grows old, being so full of unmannerly sadness in his youth. William Shakespeare.

    The days of weeping and mourning for Moses were ended. Deutr. xxxiv. 8.

    Have you wept for your sin, so that you were indeed sorrowful in your spirit? Are you so sorrowful that you hate it? Do you so hate it that you have left it? Taylor.

    Away, with women weep, and leave me here,
    Fix’d, like a man, to die without a tear,
    Or save, or slay us both. Dryden.

    A corps it was, but whose it was, unknown;
    Yet mov’d, howe’er, she made the case her own;
    Took the bad omen of a shipwreck’d man,
    As for a stranger wept. Dryden.

    When Darius wept over his army, that within a single age not a man of all that confluence would be left alive, Artabanus improved his meditation by adding, that yet all of them should meet with so many evils, that every one should wish himself dead long before. William Wake, Preparation for Death.

    This lovely weeping fair cannot be dearer to thee,
    Than thou art to thy faithful Seofrid. Nicholas Rowe.

    Then they for sudden joy did weep,
    And I for sorrow sung,
    That such a king should play bo-peep,
    And go the fools among. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    They weep unto me, saying, give us flesh that we may eat. Num.


  1. Weep

    A weep, a weep hole, or a weep-brick is a small opening that allows water to drain from within an assembly. Weeps are located at the bottom of the object to allow for drainage; the weep hole must be sized adequately to overcome surface tension. Weeps may also be necessary in a retaining wall, so water can escape from the retained earth, thus lessening the hydrostatic load on the wall and preventing damage to the wall from the excess water weight and possible moisture damage from freeze/thaw cycles. In such cases the weeps may consist of a plastic, clay or metal pipe extending through the wall to a layer of porous backfill. Typically, weeps are arranged to direct water which may have entered an assembly from outside, back to the outside. Weeps may also be found in metal windows and glazed curtain walls to permit interstitial condensation to escape. Automotive water pumps have weep holes to protect the bearings by letting out water that leaks past the seal.


  1. weep

    To shed tears as an expression of deep emotion such as sorrow, grief, joy, or pain.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Weepnoun

    the lapwing; the wipe; -- so called from its cry

  2. Weep

    imp. of Weep, for wept

  3. Weepverb

    formerly, to express sorrow, grief, or anguish, by outcry, or by other manifest signs; in modern use, to show grief or other passions by shedding tears; to shed tears; to cry

  4. Weepverb

    to lament; to complain

  5. Weepverb

    to flow in drops; to run in drops

  6. Weepverb

    to drop water, or the like; to drip; to be soaked

  7. Weepverb

    to hang the branches, as if in sorrow; to be pendent; to droop; -- said of a plant or its branches

  8. Weepverb

    to lament; to bewail; to bemoan

  9. Weepverb

    to shed, or pour forth, as tears; to shed drop by drop, as if tears; as, to weep tears of joy

  10. Etymology: [OE. wepen, AS. wpan, from wp lamentation; akin to OFries. wpa to lament, OS. wp lamentation, OHG. wuof, Icel. p a shouting, crying, OS. wpian to lament, OHG. wuoffan, wuoffen, Icel. pa, Goth. wpjan. 129.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Weep

    wēp, v.i. to express grief by shedding tears: to wail or lament: to drip, rain: to be pendent, as a weeping willow.—v.t. to lament: to pour forth:—pa.t. and pa.p. wept.—n. Weep′er, one who weeps: a white border round the sleeve of a mourning dress: a crape hat-band: a widow's crape-veil: anything pendent.—adj. Weep′ing, drooping the branches (as it were through grief).—ns. Weep′ing-ash, a variety of the common European ash, with drooping branches; Weep′ing-birch, a variety of the white birch, with drooping branches.—adv. Weep′ingly.—adj. Weep′ing-ripe (Shak.), ripe or ready for tears.—ns. Weep′ing-rock, a rock through which water percolates slowly; Weep′ing-spring, a spring from which water escapes slowly; Weep′ing-tree, a tree with long pendulous branches; Weep′ing-will′ow (see Willow).—adj. Weep′y, oozy. [A.S. wépanwóp, clamour; allied to Goth. wópjan.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of WEEP in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of WEEP in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of WEEP in a Sentence

  1. Lao-Tzu:

    Arms are instruments of ill omen. . . . When one is compelled to use them, it is best to do so without relish. There is no glory in victory, and to glorify it despite this is to exult in the killing of men. . . . When great numbers of people are killed, one should weep over them with sorrow. When victorious in war, one should observe mourning rites.

  2. Jean Anouilh:

    One cannot weep for the entire world, it is beyond human strength. One must choose.

  3. Ella Wheeler:

    Laugh and the world laughs with you; Weep and you weep alone; For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth, but has trouble enough of its own.

  4. Gadi Yarkoni:

    We are the good guys here, we don’t fire in order to kill innocent children but they fire at us in order to kill civilians, i weep for every civilian killed in Gaza and the West Bank but we are defending our borders.

  5. Scott C. Holstad:

    seeing is believing they say and if boundaries are limitless are we? or is existence twofold and doomed before the sights are set and if so does God really weep for humanity and must we continue to seek sustenance through escapism and do sporting events in all their microcosmic glory refute the tenets of nihilism or should we simply accept and wallow in our ignorance unbearable lightness of being creatures who feelwhat -- I don’t know

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    a state of acute pain
    A gauge
    B empire
    C substitute
    D suffering

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