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v. leaked, leak·ing, leaks
1. To permit the escape, entry, or passage of something through a breach or flaw: rusted pipes that were beginning to leak; a boat leaking at the seams.
2. To escape or pass through a breach or flaw: helium leaking slowly from the balloon.
3. To become publicly known through a breach of secrecy: The news has leaked.
1. To permit (a substance) to escape or pass through a breach or flaw: a damaged reactor leaking radioactivity into the atmosphere.
2. To disclose without authorization or official sanction: leaked classified information to a reporter.
1. A crack or flaw that permits something to escape from or enter a container or conduit: fixed the leak in the roof.
a. The act or instance of leaking.
b. An amount leaked: equipment used in cleaning up oil leaks.
3. An unauthorized or a deliberate disclosure of confidential information: "Sometimes we can't respond to stories based on leaks" (Ronald Reagan).
a. Loss of electric current as a result of faulty insulation.
b. The path or place at which this loss takes place.
take a leak Vulgar Slang
To urinate.

[Middle English leken, probably from Middle Dutch lēken.]

leak′er n.
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made public
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He saw where his boat leaked, but he did not look for the leak, perhaps purposely deceiving himself.
She was work- ing herself loose, and leaked badly--not enough to drown us at once, but enough to kill us with the work at the pumps.
No wonder she leaked. The poor thing, strained beyond endurance by the gale, had, as if in disgust, spat out all the oakum of her lower seams.
You see, a lot of information seems to have got over on the other side, and we couldn't think where it had leaked out, except through your wireless.
These events unfolded alongside the political storm stirred by the publication of the former UK ambassador to the US's leaked diplomatic correspondence.
Files containing designs of the upcoming flagship were stolen, and renders of the alleged device were leaked to the internet, prompting the tech giant to hastily unveil its upcoming device.
A small leak if not detected in time can lead to a huge spill causing damage to environment and resulting in business loss for pipeline operator in terms of leaked oil & gas and compensation to be paid for damaging environment and life.
Admitting that "some wrong" had occurred, Anil Swarup, secretary, school education, union human resource development ministry, said the CBSE class X mathematics question paper was leaked only in Delhi and Haryana and there was no evidence that it was a pan-India affair.
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22 June 2017 - Leaking information on mergers and acquisitions deals before any public announcement of the transaction added an extra USD 21m to the average value of deals announced in 2016 that leaked, according to new research from Intralinks, a business of Synchronoss Technologies, Inc.
By: Egypt Today staff CAIRO -- 18 June 2017: The Education Ministry denied Sunday two leaked exams circulated on social media as "incorrect," announcing that the leakers were detained.
They encountered a leak rate of 8.7% in cases of small bowel resection and anastomosis (4 of 48), although none of the enterorrhaphies in the study leaked (55 out of 101).