Meaning of “weep” in the English Dictionary

"weep" in British English

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uk /wiːp/ us /wiːp/ wept, wept

weep verb (CRY)

C2 [ I or T ] literary to cry tears:

People in the street wept with joy when peace was announced.
He wept tears of rage/joy when he heard the news.
UK She wept buckets (= cried a lot) when Paul left.

More examples

  • She wept for joy when she was told that her husband was still alive.
  • She wept piteously.
  • The bereaved parents wept openly.
  • She wept bitterly at the news.
  • Claire shut herself up in her own room to weep.
noun [ S ] uk us UK literary

It might help you to have a good weep.

(Definition of “weep” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"weep" in American English

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weepverb [ I/T ]

us /wip/ past tense and past participle wept /wept/

to cry tears:

[ I ] I could hear someone weeping.

(Definition of “weep” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)