leak

leak
[[t]li͟ːk[/t]]
♦♦♦
leaks, leaking, leaked
1) V-ERG If a container leaks, there is a hole or crack in it which lets a substance such as liquid or gas escape. You can also say that a substance such as liquid or gas leaks from a container.

The roof leaked...

[V prep/adv] The gas had apparently leaked from a cylinder...

[V prep/adv] The pool's fiberglass sides had cracked and the water had leaked out...

[V n into n] A large diesel tank mysteriously leaked its contents into the river. [Also V n]

N-COUNT
Leak is also a noun.

It's thought a gas leak may have caused the blast.

2) N-COUNT: oft N in n A leak is a crack, hole, or other gap that a substance such as a liquid or gas can pass through.

...a leak in the radiator...

In May engineers found a leak in a hydrogen fuel line.

3) V-ERG If a secret document or piece of information leaks or is leaked, someone lets the public know about it.

[V n to n] Last year, a civil servant was imprisoned for leaking a document to the press...

[V n] He revealed who leaked a confidential police report...

We don't know how the transcript leaked.

[V-ed] ...a leaked report.

N-COUNT
Leak is also a noun.

More serious leaks, possibly involving national security, are likely to be investigated by the police.

PHR-V-ERG
Leak out means the same as leak.

V P More details are now beginning to leak out... V P to n He said it would leak out to the newspapers and cause a scandal.


English dictionary. 2008.

Synonyms:
(letting a liquid in or out), , , , , , , / , , , (water or other liquid), ,


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