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verb leak pronunciation in American English /lik/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleleaking
past tenseleaked
past participleleaked
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] if an object or container leaks, or if it leaks something, liquid or gas comes out of it through a hole or crack

    The roof is still leaking.

    If the boiler is broken, it may be leaking dangerous gas.

    1. a.
      [intransitive] if a liquid or gas leaks, it comes out of an object or container through a hole or crack
      leak from/out of:

      Oil was leaking from the pipeline.

      leak into:

      Radioactive water has leaked into the reservoir.

  2. 2
    [transitive] to tell private or secret information to reporters or to the public

    A secret memorandum had been leaked to the press.

    Staff were interviewed to find out who leaked the story.

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