bleed

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verb

bled ˈbled How to pronounce bleed (audio) ; bleeding

intransitive verb

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 policyJ. B. Judis
4
: to give up some constituent (such 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

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)
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 programsAlex Roland
5
: to cause (something, such as a printed illustration) to bleed

bleed

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noun

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
Phrases
bleed white
: to drain of blood or resources

Example Sentences

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
James Slaugh testified about watching his sister, Charlene, bleed on the nightclub floor after a bullet ripped through her right arm. Farnoush Amiri, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Dec. 2022 Of course, there are times when work requirements bleed over into your time at home. John Lowe, Forbes, 27 Dec. 2022 The longer the teeth, the faster the prey would bleed out. Connor Lynch, Discover Magazine, 21 Dec. 2022 James Slaugh testified about watching his sister, Charlene, bleed on the nightclub floor after a bullet ripped through her right arm. Farnoush Amiri, Anchorage Daily News, 15 Dec. 2022 James Slaugh testified about watching his sister, Charlene, bleed on the nightclub floor after a bullet ripped through her right arm. Farnoush Amiri, Chicago Tribune, 14 Dec. 2022 The final seconds were a blur played against the sound of whistling that threatened to make ears bleed. Tariq Panja, New York Times, 10 Dec. 2022 Even when Wilson and her coaches discussed offense, the conversation came back to how defense could bleed into offense. Dallas News, 8 Dec. 2022 This path will help the storm absorb large amounts of atmospheric moisture that will bleed into the Central Coast. Gerry Díaz, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 Dec. 2022
Noun
Greer suffered facial fractures, a brain bleed and respiratory failure. San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Jan. 2023 Murphey was admitted to the neurological intensive care unit on December 24, 2017, after suffering from a brain bleed. CBS News, 30 Mar. 2022 Murphey had been admitted to the neurological intensive care unit on Dec. 24, 2017, after suffering from a brain bleed. Fox News, 27 Mar. 2022 Hazel O’Connor, the veteran British singer and songwriter, is recovering from a brain bleed. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 18 Jan. 2022 Doctors advised the family to watch for any worsening symptoms, which could indicate a brain bleed. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, 3 Aug. 2022 Shortly after arriving, her pupils stopped being responsive, and a CT scan revealed a massive brain bleed, Stonum said. Tribune News Service, oregonlive, 19 Mar. 2022 Shortly after arriving, her pupils stopped being responsive, and a CT scan revealed a massive brain bleed, Stonum said. Bernard J. Wolfson, CNN, 4 Mar. 2022 The rider was taken to a hospital with serious injuries including a brain bleed, a lacerated liver and kidney, and an occipital fracture, police said. Caleb Lunetta, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Verb

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Bleed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bleed. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

bleed

verb
ˈblēd
bled
ˈbled
; bleeding
1
: to lose or shed blood
2
: to be wounded
bleed for one's country
3
: to feel pain or deep sympathy
my heart bleeds for them
4
: to ooze or flow from a cut surface
5
a
: to draw liquid or air from
bleed a carburetor
b
: to run when wetted
dyes that bleed
6
: to get or force money from

Medical Definition

bleed

1 of 2 verb
bled ˈbled How to pronounce bleed (audio) ; bleeding

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

2 of 2 noun
: the escape of blood from vessels : hemorrhage
a massive gastrointestinal bleed

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