- 1[intransitive, transitive] (formal or literary) to cry, usually because you are sad She started to weep uncontrollably. I could have wept thinking about what I'd missed. weep for/with something He wept for joy. weep at/over something I do not weep over his death. weep something She wept bitter tears of disappointment. weep to do something I wept to see him looking so sick. + speech ‘I'm so unhappy!’ she wept. See related entries: Unhappiness
- 2[intransitive] (usually used in the progressive tenses) (of a wound) to produce liquid His legs were covered with weeping sores (= sores which had not healed). Word Origin Old English wēpan (verb), of Germanic origin, probably imitative.Extra examples He wanted to weep at the unfairness of it all. He was weeping, in effect, for a lost age of innocence. His grandmother was weeping uncontrollably. I felt I could have wept for joy. Several of the soldiers broke down and wept. She almost wept with happiness. The mourners followed the funeral procession, weeping and wailing. The people wept openly when his death was announced. We had wept over the death of our parents. weeping for someone who has died I could have wept thinking about what I’d missed.
BrE BrE//wiːp//; NAmE NAmE//wiːp//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they weep
BrE BrE//wiːp//; NAmE NAmE//wiːp//he / she / it weeps
BrE BrE//wiːps//; NAmE NAmE//wiːps//past simple wept
BrE BrE//wept//; NAmE NAmE//wept//past participle wept
BrE BrE//wept//; NAmE NAmE//wept//-ing form weeping
BrE BrE//ˈwiːpɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈwiːpɪŋ//Unhappiness