Simple Definition of bleed
: to lose or release blood because of a cut, injury, etc.
: to remove blood from (a person) as part of a medical procedure that was done in past times
: to remove air or liquid from something
Full Definition of bleed
bled play \ˈbled\ bleeding
1 a : to emit or lose blood b : to sacrifice one's blood especially in battle
2 : to feel anguish, pain, or sympathy <a heart that bleeds at a friend's misfortune>
3 a : to escape by oozing or flowing (as from a wound) b : to spread into or through something gradually : seep <foreign policy bleeds into economic policy — J. B. Judis>
4 : to give up some constituent (as sap or dye) by exuding or diffusing it
5 a : to pay out or give money b : to have money extorted
6 : to be printed so as to run off one or more edges of the page after trimming
1 : to remove or draw blood from
2 : to get or extort money from especially over a prolonged period
Examples of bleed in a sentence
She was bleeding from the face and hands.
Doctors used to bleed their patients in an effort to cure them.
We bled air from the tank.
You'll need to bleed the car's brake lines.
Origin of bleed
Middle English bleden, from Old English blēdan, from blōd blood
First Known Use: before 12th century
First Known Use of bleed
BLEED Defined for Kids
Definition of bleed for Students
1 : to lose or shed blood <A cut finger bleeds.>
2 : to feel pain or pity <My heart bleeds for the victims of the fire.>
3 : to draw a liquid or gas from <bleed a tire>
4 : to spread into something else <colors bleeding>
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