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Definition of leak verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they leak
    he / she / it leaks
    past simple leaked
    -ing form leaking
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  1. 1[intransitive, transitive] to allow liquid or gas to get in or out through a small hole or crack a leaking pipe The roof was leaking. leak something The tank had leaked a small amount of water.
  2. 2[intransitive] (of a liquid or gas) to get in or out through a small hole or crack in something Water had started to leak into the cellar.
  3. 3[transitive] leak something (to somebody) to give secret information to the public, for example by telling a newspaper synonym disclose The contents of the report were leaked to the press. a leaked document
  4. Phrasal Verbsleak out
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: leak

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