bleed

verb
\ ˈblēd How to pronounce bleed (audio) \
bled\ ˈbled How to pronounce bled (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 offa 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

bleed

noun

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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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb At around 800 households per square mile, the blue of Democratic areas starts to bleed into red Republican neighborhoods. Angeliki Kastanis, Star Tribune, "Moving the flip zone: Democrats march deeper into suburbia," 6 Oct. 2020 At one point, Walker's nose started to bleed before he was turned over to be handcuffed. Peter Martinez, CBS News, "Georgia deputy fired after punching Black man repeatedly during arrest, sheriff says," 14 Sep. 2020 However, Moede said the approaching Labor Day heat wave is not expected to bleed into Utah, Washington, Idaho, northern Nevada and eastern Arizona. Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Major heat wave to test California’s energy grid again," 3 Sep. 2020 The Vietnam War would bleed over into the 1970s, leading to the National Guard’s infamous shootings of young war protestors at Kent State University. Peter Krouse, cleveland, "Stressed out by the coronavirus pandemic? Consider other high-anxiety times in our past," 21 Sep. 2020 Character and story bleed into one another, ultimately making a mess of everything and everyone. Jason Parham, Wired, "The Transgressive, Progressive Utopia of Summer Television," 3 Sep. 2020 The reason is the huge imbalance of downside risk — if the stimulus is too small, then the economy will remain depressed potentially indefinitely, and the incumbent party will bleed political support as people blame it for the bad conditions. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "The American economy is still in dire straits," 5 Sep. 2020 The buildup of skin cells creates scaly, patches that can itch, hurt, crust up and bleed. Mona Gohara, Good Housekeeping, "7 Scalp Conditions That Cause Bumps or Spots — And How to Treat Them," 27 Aug. 2020 Plaque psoriasis, the most common form of the condition, creates patches of irritated, scaly skin that can crack, bleed, burn, and itch, according to the Mayo Clinic. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Watch This New Documentary Exploring the Complex Link Between Psoriasis and Mental Health," 26 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jackson also showed symptoms of a brain bleed, according to police. Josh Snyder, Arkansas Online, "Police: Man, 49, found beaten, chained at Little Rock body shop," 7 Oct. 2020 Choose from blank, dotted, and lined paper that is bleed-resistant and smooth to write one. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "These notebooks are excellent gifts," 28 Sep. 2020 But Fagan experiences a massive brain bleed, and the family had to decide whether doctors should carry out a procedure to relieve pressure. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "28-Year-Old Ob-Gyn Resident Dies of COVID-19 After Treating Coronavirus Patients in the ER," 22 Sep. 2020 Friends of Battlestar Galactica actor Michael Hogan are rallying in support after the star suffered a brain bleed due to an accident in February. Rachel Yang, EW.com, "Battlestar Galactica stars support castmate Michael Hogan's GoFundMe after brain injury," 21 Sep. 2020 And no, the bleed air system that brings in outside air into the air conditioning system is not switched off. John Cox, USA TODAY, "Ask the Captain: Does taking off or landing near wildfires damage aircraft engines?," 17 Sep. 2020 The man driving the scooter sustained a brain bleed and multiple facial fractures, and required surgery Buttle said. Teri Figueroa, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Scooter driver seriously injured in Rosecrans intersection crash," 14 Sep. 2020 Ta’Naejah died in March 2017 of a brain bleed brought on by head trauma. John Caniglia, cleveland, "Appeals court reinstates lawsuit against Cuyahoga County involving 5-year-old Ta’Naejah McCloud’s death," 10 Sep. 2020 Though Yarrish, 25, is expected to make a full recovery after suffering multiple fractures and a brain bleed, her child tragically died from her injuries days after the accident. Gabrielle Chung, PEOPLE.com, "New Jersey Infant Who Died from Car Crash Injuries Saves Lives of 3 Other Babies with Organ Donation," 2 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of bleed

Verb

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

Noun

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bleed

Verb

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

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Time Traveler for bleed

Time Traveler

The first known use of bleed was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

9 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bleed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bleed. Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for bleed

bleed

verb
How to pronounce bleed (audio)

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

bleed

verb
\ 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

bleed

verb
\ ˈblēd How to pronounce bleed (audio) \
bled\ ˈbled How to pronounce bled (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

bleed

noun

Medical Definition of bleed (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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