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
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