leak

A leak involves the release of something. It can be a behind-someone’s-back leak of sensitive information, a leak from a milk carton, or a leak in the roof that lets rain water drip in.

As a verb, leak means to allow light or fluid to escape, or to enter or escape as though through a hole. Light can leak in through the curtains, water can leak out of an almost-closed faucet, or information can leak to the press. A leak is almost always a bad thing — it indicates that something that should be contained has broken out or escaped.

Primary Meanings of leak

1.
vn
enter or escape as through a hole or crack or fissure
an accidental hole that allows something (fluid or light etc.) to enter or escape
2.
vn
be leaked
unauthorized (especially deliberate) disclosure of confidential information
Full Definitions of leak
1

v enter or escape as through a hole or crack or fissure

“Water leaked out of the can into the backpack”
“Gas leaked into the basement”
Type of:
come forth, come out, egress, emerge, go forth, issue
come out of

v have an opening that allows light or substances to enter or go out

“The container leaked gasoline”
“the roof leaks badly”
Types:
bilge, take in water
take in water at the bilge

n an accidental hole that allows something (fluid or light etc.) to enter or escape

“one of the tires developed a leak
Type of:
hole
an opening into or through something

n the discharge of a fluid from some container

“he had to clean up the leak
Synonyms:
escape, leakage, outflow
Type of:
discharge, outpouring, run
the pouring forth of a fluid

n a euphemism for urination

“he had to take a leak
Synonyms:
making water, passing water, wetting
Type of:
micturition, urination
the discharge of urine

n soft watery rot in fruits and vegetables caused by fungi

Type of:
soft rot
mushy or slimy decay of plants caused by bacteria or fungi
2

v be leaked

“The news leaked out despite his secrecy”
Synonyms:
leak out
Type of:
break, get around, get out
be released or become known; of news

v tell anonymously

“The news were leaked to the paper”
Type of:
break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap
make known to the public information that was previously known only to a few people or that was meant to be kept a secret

n unauthorized (especially deliberate) disclosure of confidential information

Synonyms:
news leak
Type of:
disclosure, revealing, revelation
the speech act of making something evident