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Meaning of seep

seep

Pronunciation: (sēp), [key]
— v.i.
  1. to pass, flow, or ooze gradually through a porous substance: Water seeps through cracks in the wall.
  2. (of ideas, methods, etc.) to enter or be introduced at a slow pace: The new ideas finally seeped down to the lower echelons.
  3. to become diffused; permeate: Fog seeped through the trees, obliterating everything.
—v.t.
  1. to cause to seep; filter: The vodka is seeped through charcoal to purify it.
—n.
  1. moisture that seeps out; seepage.
  2. a small spring, pool, or other place where liquid from the ground has oozed to the surface of the earth.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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