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verb leak pronunciation in British English /liːk/
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 faulty, 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 journalists or to the public
    Staff were interviewed to find out who leaked the story.
    A secret memorandum had been leaked to the press.
    a leaked report

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