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parts of speech:
noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
take a leak
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: an accidental opening or crack through which something, esp. a liquid or gas, can pass out or in.
a leak in the drainage systema leak in the diver's helmet
similar words:
aperture, chink, crevice, drain, drip, egress, fissure, gash, hole, mouth, opening, orifice, perforation, puncture, slit, split, vent
definition 2: the material that escapes through such an opening.
a gas leak
effusion, leakage
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drainage, dribble, flow, gush, ooze, outflow, rivulet, seep, trickle
definition 3: an act or instance of leaking or allowing a leak.
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dribble, drip, dripping, sprinkle, trickle
definition 4: in electronics or electrical transmission, the loss of electrical current, usu. resulting from inadequate insulation.
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definition 5: the unauthorized release of confidential or sensitive information.
There was a leak in the White House.
similar words:
breach, broadcast, communication, disclosure, report, revelation
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phrase: take a leak
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: leaks, leaking, leaked
definition 1: to allow the unintended passage of something, usu. a liquid or gas, through an opening or crack.
The ceiling leaks.
similar words:
bilge, discharge, drip, escape
definition 2: to pass or escape through an opening of this sort.
Water is leaking from that pipe.
similar words:
dribble, drip, emanate, exude, gush, ooze, spill, spurt, stream, trickle
definition 3: to become generally known because of an unauthorized disclosure (usu. fol. by "out").
News of the indictment had already leaked out.
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part of speech: transitive verb
definition 1: to let pass through an accidental opening.
The engine leaks oil.
similar words:
discharge, drain, dribble, drip, eject, emanate, emit, expel, exude, gush, ooze, spurt, stream
definition 2: to disclose (secret or confidential information) without permission or authorization.
The editor intentionally leaked the story.
similar words:
broadcast, communicate, declare, disclose, impart, relate, release, reveal, tell
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derivation: leakless (adj.)
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  • leaky:
    having a leak.
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