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English noun: leak

1. leak (object) an accidental hole that allows something (fluid or light etc.) to enter or escape

SamplesOne of the tires developed a leak.

Broader (hypernym)hole

2. leak (state) soft watery rot in fruits and vegetables caused by fungi

Broader (hypernym)soft rot

3. leak (process) a euphemism for urination

SamplesHe had to take a leak.

Synonymsmaking water, passing water, wetting

Broader (hypernym)micturition, urination

Domain usageeuphemism

4. leak (event) the discharge of a fluid from some container

SamplesThey tried to stop the escape of gas from the damaged pipe.
He had to clean up the leak.

Synonymsescape, leakage, outflow

Broader (hypernym)discharge, outpouring, run

5. leak (communication) unauthorized (especially deliberate) disclosure of confidential information

Synonymsnews leak

Broader (hypernym)disclosure, revealing, revelation

English verb: leak

1. leak (communication) tell anonymously

SamplesThe news were leaked to the paper.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody something.
Somebody ----s something to somebody

Broader (hypernym)break, bring out, disclose, discover, divulge, expose, give away, let on, let out, reveal, unwrap

Causebreak, get around, get out

2. leak (communication) be leaked

SamplesThe news leaked out despite his secrecy.

Synonymsleak out

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)break, get around, get out

3. leak (change) enter or escape as through a hole or crack or fissure

SamplesWater leaked out of the can into the backpack.
Gas leaked into the basement.

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)come forth, come out, egress, emerge, go forth, issue

4. leak (change) have an opening that allows light or substances to enter or go out

SamplesThe container leaked gasoline.
The roof leaks badly.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Narrower (hyponym)bilge, take in water

Entailbreak, bust, fall apart, wear, wear out

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