v. wept (wĕpt), weep·ing, weeps
1. To shed (tears) as an expression of emotion: weep bitter tears of remorse.
2. To express grief or anguish for; lament: wept the death of his child.
3. To bring to a specified condition by weeping: She wept herself into a state of exhaustion.
4. To exude or let fall (drops of liquid): "cuts the jellied milk into tiny, soft curds that weep whey" (Kit Snedaker).
1. To express emotion, such as grief, sadness, or joy, by shedding tears. See Synonyms at cry.
2. To mourn or grieve: wept for the dead.
3. To emit or run with drops of liquid: a sore that weeps.
often weeps A period or fit of weeping.
[Middle English wepen, from Old English wēpan.]
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