- Leak is defined as to let out or get out by mistake or on purpose.
- An example of to leak is juice coming out of a crack in a plastic jug.
- An example of to leak is private information being released to the media.
A gutter with a leak.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- to let a fluid substance out or in accidentally: the boats leaks
- to enter, or escape accidentally from, an object or container: often with in or out
- to become known little by little, by accident, carelessness, or treachery: the truth leaked out
Origin: Middle English leken from Old Norse leka, to drip from Indo-European base an unverified form leg-, to drip, trickle, lack, Old Irish legaim, (I) dissolve, Welsh llaith, damp
- to permit (water, air, light, radiation, etc.) to pass accidentally in or out; allow to leak
- to allow (secret or confidential information) to become known
- an accidental hole or crack that lets something out or in
- any means of escape for something that ought not to be let out, lost, etc.
- the fact of leaking; leakage
- a disclosure of secret or confidential information; specif., an ostensibly accidental disclosure by a government official to the news media, actually intended to produce an effectin full news leak
- a loss of electrical current through faulty insulation
- the point or path where this occurs
- Slang the act of urinating: usually in the phrase
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verb leaked, leak·ing, leaks verb, intransitive
- To permit the escape, entry, or passage of something through a breach or flaw: rusted pipes that were beginning to leak; a boat leaking at the seams.
- To escape or pass through a breach or flaw: helium leaking slowly from the balloon.
- Informal To become publicly known through a breach of secrecy: The news has leaked.
- To permit (a substance) to escape or pass through a breach or flaw: a damaged reactor leaking radioactivity into the atmosphere.
- Informal To disclose without authorization or official sanction: leaked classified information to a reporter.
- A crack or flaw that permits something to escape from or enter a container or conduit: fixed the leak in the roof.
- a. The act or instance of leaking.b. An amount leaked: equipment used in cleaning up oil leaks.
- Informal An unauthorized or a deliberate disclosure of confidential information: “Sometimes we can't respond to stories based on leaks” (Ronald Reagan).
- a. Loss of electric current as a result of faulty insulation.b. The path or place at which this loss takes place.
Origin: Middle English leken, probably from Middle Dutch lēken.
- leakˈer noun
leak - Phrases/Idioms
take a leak