\ 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 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

Harris was shot at least three times and was left to bleed out, Fowler said. Wire Service, The Mercury News, "Teen ran out with a $2 beer. Store clerk followed him and shot him dead," 17 Aug. 2019 Harris was shot at least three times and was left to bleed out, Fowler said. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Teen ran out with a $2 beer. Memphis store clerk followed him and shot him dead," 17 Aug. 2019 The bleeding hearts pretty much have gone the way of the Romanovs and bled out. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Paying college athletes would shortchange smaller programs," 10 Aug. 2019 An autopsy found Wippel bled out from a stomach ulcer., "Two Jefferson County jail deputies acquitted in inmate’s death file suit, alleging malicious prosecution," 26 July 2019 And teach them how to not bleed out, how to stop blood flow from gunshot wounds. Tanya A. Christian, Essence, "Rapper Vic Mensa Is Training Chicago Students To Be Street Medics," 2 July 2019 But 86 cuts, many deep, caused Johnson to bleed out. Rafael Olmeda,, "Jury to weigh death for killer of Oakland Park Taco Bell manager," 24 June 2019 Mattos says the purpose is to induce vasoconstriction—a tightening of the blood vessels—to keep from bleeding out. Kevin Dupzyk, Popular Mechanics, "8 Essential Tips from 'Arctic,' the Best Survival Movie in Years," 1 Feb. 2019 The controversial compact is the latest step in a monthslong funding battle for UA that bled beyond the start of the fiscal year on July 1. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "Gov. Dunleavy and a key University of Alaska leader signed a 3-year compact. What does it mean, and what happens now?," 16 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Turns out his headache wasn't a brain bleed -- just sinus pressure. Ryan Prior, CNN, "This med student was given last rites before finding a treatment that saved his life. His method could help millions," 14 Sep. 2019 After Collins fell and struck his head, a nurse covered the injury with a bandage rather than seeking emergency medical care for what turned out to be a brain bleed, the lawsuit said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego County grappling with largest jury award in decades," 18 Aug. 2019 Past bleeds into present, moving from the 1998 murder to Weber’s new investigation to exonerate Ahlin. Jeffrey Fleishman,, "Malin Persson Giolito looks for elusive justice in thriller ‘Beyond All Reasonable Doubt’," 3 July 2019 And the style consistently overwhelms the subject, so that every object — body, flower, sky, tree — appears to be made of the same fluffy substance, and all bleeds and blends into a sickening soup of undifferentiated prettiness. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, "More and more people loathe Renoir. Is it time for a revival?," 25 June 2019 Trauma, badly forgotten, bleeds into lives that had nothing to do with it. Christian Wiman, WSJ, "‘A Primer for Forgetting’ Review: The Past Need Not Be Prologue," 21 June 2019 The victim, whose name was withheld, was taken to a hospital for treatment of major head trauma, including a brain bleed and a fractured vertebrae, according to police. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Police seek tips about group of men who beat, robbed man in Kearny Mesa," 10 July 2019 Rather than witness the slow bleed of the residential tax base in its aging western suburbs, the authority wants to spark reinvestment. Steven Litt,, "Lake County Port Authority remodels 1950s bungalow to spur reinvestment in aging postwar subdivisions," 30 June 2019 In response, one of the men grabbed a nearby metal stanchion pole and hit the bouncer in the head, fracturing his skull and causing a brain bleed, police said. San Diego Union-Tribune, "SDPD seeks help to identify suspect in Pacific Beach bouncer assault," 11 July 2019

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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 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 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



Medical Definition of bleed (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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