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leak

leak

 
 
pronunciation:
lik
parts of speech:
noun, verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an opening or crack that lets something pass out or in by accident.
There was a leak in the water pipe.
similar words:
aperture, chink, drain, drip, hole, mouth, opening, puncture, slit, split, vent
definition 2: the release of secret or private information without permission.
Because of a leak in the White House, the president's secrets were reported on the news.
similar words:
breach, broadcast, communication, report, revelation
 
part of speech: verb
inflections: leaked, leaking, leaks
definition 1: to allow something to pass through an opening or crack in a way that was not intended.
We keep a bucket on the floor to catch drops of water because the ceiling leaks.
similar words:
discharge, drip, escape
definition 2: to pass or escape through an opening of this sort.
The water is leaking through a crack in the roof.
synonyms:
escape
similar words:
dribble, drip, gush, ooze, spill, spurt, stream, trickle
definition 3: to become known by many people because information was told without permission (usually followed by "out").
News of the crime had already leaked out.
similar words:
slip
derivation: leakless (adj.)
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  • leaky:
    having a leak.
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