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verb [I/T]  us   /lik/
(of a liquid or gas) to escape from a hole or crack in a pipe or container, or (of a container) to allow liquid or gas to escape: [I] He heard the sound of dripping and saw water leaking from a pipe overhead. [T] The ship ran aground off the coast and began to leak oil. To leak is also to give out information privately, esp. when people in authority do not want it to be known: [T] Someone had leaked the news of the ambassador’s resignation to the press.
adjective [-er/-est only]  us   /ˈli·ki/
There’s a leaky radiator in the bedroom.


noun [C]  us   /lik/
A leak is also the act of giving out information privately, esp. when people in authority do not want it to be known: The Justice Department was investigating security leaks.
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