leak Definition in Cambridge British English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Definition of "leak" - British English Dictionary

See all translations

leakverb [I or T]

uk   us   /liːk/

leak verb [I or T] (LIQUID/GAS)

B2 (of a liquid or gas) to escape from a hole or crack in a pipe or container; (of a container) to allow liquid or gas to escape: Water was leaking from the pipe. Oil leaked out of the car. The car leaked oil all over the drive. The tin was leaking.
More examples

leak verb [I or T] (INFORMATION)

C2 to allow secret information to become generally known: He leaked the names to the press. News of the pay cuts had somehow leaked out.

leaknoun [C]

uk   us   /liːk/

leak noun [C] (LIQUID/GAS)

B2 a hole or crack through which a liquid or gas can flow out of a container, or the liquid or gas that comes out: There's water on the floor - we must have a leak. If you suspect a gas leak, phone the emergency number.
More examples

leak noun [C] (INFORMATION)

C2 the origin of secret information that becomes known, or the act of making it known: There have been several security leaks recently. They traced the leak to a secretary in the finance department.
(Definition of leak from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of leak?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “leak” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day
child benefit

money received regularly by families from the government to help pay for the costs of taking care of children

Word of the Day

Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
Are you a glass-half-full person? (Everyday Idioms)
by Kate Woodford,
July 29, 2015
A reader of this blog recently asked for a post on idioms that are used in everyday English. This seemed like a reasonable request. After all, if you are going to make the effort to learn a set of English idioms, you want those idioms to be useful. The question, then, was

Read More 

responsible luxury noun
responsible luxury noun
August 03, 2015
high-end, green tourism and hospitality Jumeirah’s ‘responsible luxury’ approach is an example of a sustainable travel experience – future guests will enjoy the environment as much as today’s.

Read More