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bleed

verb \ ˈblēd \

Definition of bleed

bled play \ˈbled\; 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 policy
  • —J. 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 programs
  • —Alex Roland
5 :to cause (something, such as a printed illustration) to bleed
bleed white
: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.

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Origin and Etymology of bleed

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


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bleed

noun

Definition of bleed

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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First Known Use of bleed

1917



BLEED Defined for English Language Learners

bleed

verb

Definition of bleed for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

bleed

verb \ ˈblēd \

Definition of bleed for Students

bled \ˈbled\; bleeding
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

Medical Dictionary

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bleed

verb \ ˈblēd \

medical Definition of bleed

bled play \ˈbled\; 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

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bleed

noun

medical Definition of bleed

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


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