- 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[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[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 Word Origin late Middle English: probably of Low German or Dutch origin and related to lack.Extra examples Confidential information that has been leaked from the BBC. Gas was leaking from one of the pipes. The document had been widely leaked. The house was old and the roof leaked badly. The report was leaked to the press. Water was leaking into the cellar. to prevent radiation from leaking out A pipe was leaking in her hotel room. A small stream of water leaked from the rock. He came to help me repair the leaking roof. He obtained a leaked document containing the views of some officials. Phrasal Verbsleak out
BrE BrE//liːk//; NAmE NAmE//liːk//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they leak
BrE BrE//liːk//; NAmE NAmE//liːk//he / she / it leaks
BrE BrE//liːks//; NAmE NAmE//liːks//past simple leaked
BrE BrE//liːkt//; NAmE NAmE//liːkt//past participle leaked
BrE BrE//liːkt//; NAmE NAmE//liːkt//-ing form leaking
BrE BrE//ˈliːkɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈliːkɪŋ//