Meaning of LEAK in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ li:k ]

( leaks, leaking, leaked)

Frequency: The word is one of the 3000 most common words in English.


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 container leaks a substance such as liquid or gas.

The roof leaked...

The pool’s fiberglass sides had cracked and the water had leaked out...

A large diesel tank mysteriously leaked its contents into the river.

VERB : V , V prep / adv , V n into n , also V n

Leak is also a noun.

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



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.

N-COUNT : oft N in n


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

Last year, a civil servant was imprisoned for leaking a document to the press...

He revealed who leaked a confidential police report...

We don’t know how the transcript leaked.

...a leaked report.

VERB : V n to n , V n , V , V-ed

Leak is also a noun.

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


Leak out means the same as leak .

More details are now beginning to leak out...

He said it would leak out to the newspapers and cause a scandal.


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