\ ˈblēd How to pronounce bleed (audio) \
bled\ ˈbled How to pronounce bleed (audio) \; bleeding

Definition of bleed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : 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
3a : 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 (such as sap or dye) by exuding or diffusing it
5a : 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

transitive verb

1 : to remove or draw blood from
2 : to get or extort money from especially over a prolonged period
3 : to draw sap from (a tree)
4a : 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
5 : to cause (something, such as a printed illustration) to bleed
bleed white
: to drain of blood or resources



Definition of bleed (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : printed matter (such as an illustration) that bleeds also : the part of a bleed trimmed off
2 : the escape of blood from vessels : hemorrhage

Synonyms for bleed

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of bleed in a Sentence

Verb 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Twitter’s most recent quarterly loss shows the company suffers from a number of challenges, and while Musk is no stranger to running companies that bleed red ink, the red ink has usually reflected heavy investments in growth. Christiaan Hetzner, Fortune, 14 June 2022 All of the issues regarding inconsistencies within the TV Academy don’t exist solely within the variety categories but also bleed into the series acting categories, creating a cross-pollination of recognition for programs. Clayton Davis, Variety, 13 June 2022 Businesses often unknowingly bleed excess money through unnecessary expenses for products and services that once served a need but no longer benefit the business. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 13 June 2022 In 1972, when Mr. Johnson became president of the firm, Fidelity managed $3.9 billion in assets—most of it in stock funds that would bleed money until the market began to rally a decade later. Justin Baer, WSJ, 25 Mar. 2022 Muncaster and Stanton’s signature tight harmonies are accented by knotty, twangy bursts of electric guitar, and the nine songs play like a continuous whole with outros and intros that bleed together. Jon Freeman, Rolling Stone, 21 Mar. 2022 Sorting results in cleaner clothes that bleed less, last longer and look better, Stewart says. Washington Post, 7 July 2021 Crump said the officers’ actions after the shooting caused McClain to bleed more heavily and contributed to his death. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2022 The retail sector’s recent weight on the broader market could next bleed through to overall hiring as employers look to control costs, said Bill Adams, chief economist for Comerica Bank. Damian J. Troise, Chicago Tribune, 26 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The effects would come through the legends strongly with some light bleed on the lower corners of some keycaps. Scharon Harding, Ars Technica, 24 May 2022 The child suffered a brain bleed that would likely have resulted in death had doctors not provided treatment. Steve Helling,, 28 Feb. 2022 Sarah Staudte was admitted to the ICU with a brain bleed and organ failure. Joseph Diaz, ABC News, 25 Feb. 2022 Symptoms can vary based on where in the brain the bleed occurs but can include numbness or weakness in part of the face or body, confusion, severe headache, and difficulty speaking, walking and/or seeing. Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun, 16 May 2022 Despite the bleed of parishioners, white evangelicals have managed to maintain their power in electoral politics by solidifying their stake in the Republican Party. NBC News, 23 Mar. 2022 The goal has transitioned from fixing the devaluation to merely slowing the bleed. Prem Ramkumar, Forbes, 19 Mar. 2022 Areas for employees' medical training such as stop the bleed practices, and awareness of what law enforcement response looks like. Edward Segal, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 This means better contrast and less bleed from light to dark. Parker Hall, Wired, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bleed


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bleed


Middle English bleden, from Old English blēdan, from blōd blood

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\ ˈblēd How to pronounce bleed (audio) \
bled\ ˈbled \; bleeding

Kids Definition of bleed

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


\ ˈblēd How to pronounce bleed (audio) \
bled\ ˈbled How to pronounce bleed (audio) \; bleeding

Medical Definition of bleed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to emit or lose blood hemophiliacs often bleed severely from the slightest scratch
2 : to escape by oozing or flowing (as from a wound)

transitive verb

: to remove or draw blood from



Medical Definition of bleed (Entry 2 of 2)

: the escape of blood from vessels : hemorrhage a massive gastrointestinal bleed

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