seep - definition and synonyms

verb [intransitive] 

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/siːp/
present tense
I/you/we/theyseep
he/she/itseeps
present participleseeping
past tenseseeped
past participleseeped
  1. 1
    to flow into or out of something through small holes, usually when this should not happen
    seep through:

    The rain had seeped through his clothes.

    seep into:

    Poisonous chemicals from the factory are seeping into our soil.

    seep from/out of:

    The helium will slowly seep out of the balloon.

    seep in:

    Even when he closed the windows the noise of the traffic seeped in.

  2. 2
    if a bad feeling or idea seeps somewhere, you start to feel it or believe it
    seep into:

    Thoughts of revenge started to seep into her mind.

    seep in:

    This kind of language allows racism to start seeping in.

phrasal verbs