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verb \ˈblēd\

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bleed

bled play \ˈbled\ bleeding

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to emit or lose blood b :  to sacrifice one's blood especially in battle

  3. 2 :  to feel anguish, pain, or sympathy <a heart that bleeds at a friend's misfortune>

  4. 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>

  5. 4 :  to give up some constituent (as sap or dye) by exuding or diffusing it

  6. 5 a :  to pay out or give money b :  to have money extorted

  7. 6 :  to be printed so as to run off one or more edges of the page after trimming

  8. transitive verb
  9. 1 :  to remove or draw blood from

  10. 2 :  to get or extort money from especially over a prolonged period

  11. 3 :  to draw sap from (a tree)

  12. 4 a :  to extract or let out some or all of a contained substance from <bleed a brake line> b :  to extract or cause to escape from a container c :  to diminish gradually —usually used with off <a pilot bleeding off airspeed> d :  to lose rapidly and uncontrollably <the company was bleeding money> e :  sap <cost overruns…bleed other programs — Alex Roland>

  13. 5 :  to cause (as a printed illustration) to bleed

bleed white
  1. :  to drain of blood or resources

Examples of bleed in a sentence

  1. She was bleeding from the face and hands.

  2. Doctors used to bleed their patients in an effort to cure them.

  3. We bled air from the tank.

  4. 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




Definition of bleed

  1. 1 :  printed matter (as an illustration) that bleeds; also :  the part of a bleed trimmed off

  2. 2 :  the escape of blood from vessels :  hemorrhage

Circa 1937

First Known Use of bleed

circa 1937

BLEED Defined for Kids


verb \ˈblēd\

Definition of bleed for Students

bled \ˈbled\bleeding

  1. 1 :  to lose or shed blood <A cut finger bleeds.>

  2. 2 :  to feel pain or pity <My heart bleeds for the victims of the fire.>

  3. 3 :  to draw a liquid or gas from <bleed a tire>

  4. 4 :  to spread into something else <colors bleeding>

Medical Dictionary



verb \ˈblēd\

Medical Definition of bleed

bled \ˈbled\play ; bleeding

  1. 1

  2. intransitive verb

  3. :  to emit or lose blood <hemophiliacs often bleed severely from the slightest scratch>

  4. 2:  to escape by oozing or flowing (as from a wound)

  5. transitive verb

  6. :  to remove or draw blood from




Medical Definition of bleed

  1. :  the escape of blood from vessels :  hemorrhage <a massive gastrointestinal bleed>

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