Water is seeping into the basement.
An example of a seep is a place in the basement floor from where water comes up every time it rains and makes a puddle.
An example of to seep is for water to slowly creep into a basement.
The importance of the situation finally seeped into my brain. The news seeped out bit by bit.
Origin of seep
- Alteration of dialectal sipe
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Variant of sipe, from Middle English sipen, from Old English sipian, from Proto-Germanic *sÄ«pÅnÄ…, frequentative of *sÄ«panÄ… (compare Middle Dutch sÄ«pen 'to drip', archaic German seifen 'to trickle blood'), from Proto-Indo-European *seib, *sib- 'to pour out, drip, trickle' (compare Latin sÄ“bum 'suet, tallow', Ancient Greek Îµá¼´Î²Ï‰ (eÃbÅ) 'to drop, drip').