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Topic: ILLNESS AND DISABILITY

Language: Old English
Origin: wepan

weep

verb
     
weep past tense and past participle wept
1 [intransitive and transitive] formal or literary to cry, especially because you feel very sad:
James broke down and wept.
weep for
She wept for the loss of her mother.
He wept bitterly (=cried a lot) when it was time for us to leave.
2

I could have wept

spoken used to say that you felt very disappointed about something:
I could have wept thinking what I'd missed.
3 [intransitive]MI if a wound weeps, liquid comes out of it
weep noun [singular]
WORD FOCUS: cry WORD FOCUS: cry
be in tears to be crying
burst into tears
to suddenly start crying
break down (in tears)
to suddenly cry a lot, after trying not to cry
sob
to cry noisily, with sudden noisy breaths
weep
especially written to cry a lot for a long time
bawl
if a baby bawls, it cries very loudly
have tears in your eyes
to be about to cry
your eyes water
you start to cry, especially because you have been cutting up onions or there is a lot of smoke


See also
cry
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