A gutter with a leak.
- 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.
- to let a fluid substance out or in accidentally: the kettle leaks; the boat 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 of leakMiddle 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 take a leak
verbleaked, leak·ing, leaks
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 of leakMiddle English leken probably from Middle Dutch lēken
- A crack, crevice, fissure, or hole which admits water or other fluid, or lets it escape.
- a leak in a roof
- a leak in a boat
- a leak in a gas pipe
- The entrance or escape of a fluid through a crack, fissure, or other aperture.
- The leak gained on the ship's pumps.
- A divulgation, or disclosure, of information held secret until then.
- The leaks by Chelsea Manning showed the secrets of the US military.
- The person through whom such divulgation, or disclosure, occurred.
- The press must have learned about the plan through a leak.
- (computing) The gradual loss of a system resource caused by failure to deallocate previously reserved portions.
- resource leak
- memory leak
- (vulgar, slang, especially with the verb "take") An act of urination.
- I have to take a leak.
(third-person singular simple present leaks, present participle leaking, simple past and past participle leaked)
- To allow fluid to escape or enter something that should be sealed.
- The faucet has been leaking since last month.
- To reveal secret information.
- Someone must have leaked it to our competitors that the new product will be out soon.
(comparative more leak, superlative most leak)
- (obsolete) Leaky.
From Middle English leken (“to let water in or out"), from Middle Dutch leken (“to leak, drip") or Old Norse leka (“to leak, drip"); both from Proto-Germanic *lekanÄ… (“to leak, drain"), from Proto-Indo-European *leg-, *leÇµ- (“to leak"). Cognate with Dutch lekken (“to leak"), German lechen, lecken (“to leak"), Swedish lÃ¤cka (“to leak"), Icelandic leka (“to leak"). Related also to Old English leÄ‹Ä‹an (“to water, wet"), Albanian lag, lak (“I damp, make wet"). See also leach, lake.