\ ˈblēd \
bled\ ˈbled \; 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

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Synonyms for bleed

Synonyms: Verb

agonize, anguish, grieve, hurt, mourn, sorrow, suffer

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

According to the New Straits Times, Mohd Aidi Azzhar Zahrin, 16, was recently found dead and bleeding from the ear. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "A Teen Died After Reportedly Being Shocked by His Headphones," 10 Dec. 2018 Officers found Coronado found bleeding from his left arm and he was treated at a hospital. Jason Silverstein, CBS News, "Homeless artist with no arms allegedly stabbed tourist," 11 July 2018 Coronado was bleeding from his left arm when he was admitted to a local hospital, Reuters reports. Joel Shannon, USA TODAY, "A man with no arms stabbed a tourist in Florida, police say," 11 July 2018 Miami Beach officers found the victim lying on the ground, bleeding from his left arm. Howard Cohen, miamiherald, "A homeless South Beach artist has no arms. But he stabbed a tourist, police say," 11 July 2018 The following day another female relative went to visit and saw the woman bleeding profusely from head wounds, the prosecutor said. Clifford Ward,, "Downers Grove man pleads guilty in hatchet attack on 80-year-old relative," 10 July 2018 Police found him on the sidewalk bleeding from the head in the 200 block of Young Street., "Man found in stranger's bed with pants down, hatchet in hand," 6 July 2018 In the horrific images, Melyssa lies on the freeway, bleeding from the head and in severe pain as bystanders and emergency personnel try to reassure her and get her into the ambulance. Alexia Fernandez,, "Former Bravo Star Melyssa Ford Seriously Injured in Horrific Crash with 18-Wheeler Truck," 3 July 2018 Track Palin broke a window, entered the home and assaulted Todd Palin, leaving him bleeding from the head, according to the charges. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Track Palin pleads guilty to reduced charge, enters Anchorage court program for veterans," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

During the club's victory parade in Houston, Dauer suffered a brain bleed following a subdural hematoma. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Rich Dauer set to coach alongside Astros' A.J. Hinch during All-Star game," 13 June 2018 The victim, who lives in Coupeville, spent the night in the hospital after suffering a brain bleed from the attack, according to the charges. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Prosecutors allege ‘deliberate cruelty’ in stabbing death of a 71-year-old Bellingham man," 9 Oct. 2018 One can be caused by a brain bleed and the other by an arterial blockage. George Parry,, "I had a stroke. Don't do what I did if the same thing happens to you.," 1 June 2018 When Diane unexpectedly reenters Kit’s life—and lab—that secret bleeds (quite literally) into their present-day lives. Marie Claire, "These Are the Best Books of 2018, According to Our Editors," 15 Oct. 2018 One-third of the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, this British gem bleeds buddy comedy into the horror genre in a way only Edgar Wright can do. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 28 Best Halloween Movies on Netflix," 11 Oct. 2018 And the number-one cause of death there is bleed outs after childbirth or other things. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: Biometrics Believer Caryn Seidman-Becker, CEO of Clear, on Never Needing ID Again," 11 Sep. 2018 But if the scan revealed a brain bleed … well, there’s no treatment for that. Kerry Cromwell, Good Housekeeping, "My Little Boy Was Just 7 Years Old When He Had a Catastrophic Stroke," 26 July 2018 For color, dab on Rodial's quenching gel blush, and use Sisley Phyto-Lèvres Perfect Lip Pencil ($57) to stop lipstick bleed. Katie Becker, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Gorgeous Skin at Every Age," 5 Oct. 2015

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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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English Language Learners 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


\ ˈblēd \
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 \
bled\ ˈbled \; 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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