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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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