\ 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

But now, with Skye bleeding like a stuck pig, Camila was an attentive nurse, fluttering around the American like a concerned butterfly. Stephanie Green,, "2019 Algren Awards: Finalist: Host Mother," 20 July 2019 Shaq and Kobe … or Chris and Von, if your heart bleeds orange. Joe Nguyen, The Denver Post, "Broncos 2019 preview: Here’s a breakdown of all the positions entering training camp," 18 July 2019 Also during the incident, Herrera stepped on something, possibly a toy, that cut his foot and was bleeding heavily when police arrived. Jesse Leavenworth,, "Manchester police: woman trying to protect dog gets beaten," 18 July 2019 Tech monopolies, which both accelerate and exploit conditions of extreme economic concentration and wealth inequality, are bleeding media dry. Clio Chang, The New Republic, "How to Save Journalism," 11 July 2019 Bloodied and bruised Alex Carey was left with a bleeding gash on his chin after being struck by a ferocious delivery by Archer as Australia recovered from a disastrous start to finish 223 all out after winning the toss and electing to bat. James Masters, CNN, "Australia vs. England: England ends 27-year wait to reach World Cup final," 11 July 2019 In time, that tower fell, and other structures rose in its place, as Jews, Romans, Byzantine Christians, Arabs, Crusaders and Ottoman Turks bled and died for control of these stones. David Degner, Smithsonian, "Two Tour Guides—One Israeli, One Palestinian—Offer a New Way to See the Holy Land," 9 July 2019 When officers arrived a man was found bleeding behind a shed. Cheryl Higley,, "Man points gun at landscaper: North Ridgeville police blotter," 3 July 2019 First responders found the victim, later identified as 41-year-old Jennifer Landry of Brockton, bleeding profusely and suffering from a stab wound to the right side of her neck, the release said. Emily Sweeney,, "Fall River woman charged in Brockton road rage killing held without bail," 1 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Harmeet Dhillon, a lawyer and spokeswoman for Ngo, and a Republican national committeewoman from California, told the Daily Caller, a conservative publication, that Ngo was admitted to the hospital overnight for a brain bleed. Dallas News, "Ted Cruz demands federal inquiry of Portland mayor after Antifa attack on conservative journalist," 1 July 2019 Studies are testing algorithms to read x-rays, detect brain bleeds, pinpoint tumors, and more. Jennifer Couzin-frankel, Science | AAAS, "Artificial intelligence could revolutionize medical care. But don’t trust it to read your x-ray just yet," 17 June 2019 If placed in the dishwasher, bleed can occur between the handle and the blade. Elle Decor Editors, ELLE Decor, "Everything You Need to Know About Caring for Tabletop Accessories," 11 Feb. 2019 Netflix Stranger Things 2 wrapped up with Eleven safe and sound in Hawkins after closing the gate that leads into the Upside Down and suffering a massive double nose bleed as a result (someone please check her iron levels). Mehera Bonner, Marie Claire, "Everything You Need to Know About 'Stranger Things' Season 3," 20 Mar. 2019 The cognitive recovery after a brain bleed, however, can be much more difficult. Macaela Mackenzie, Glamour, "Emilia Clarke's Aneurysms Almost Killed Her—Women Need to Know the Risks," 22 Mar. 2019 The Impossible Burger combines various kinds of soy with textured wheat protein and coconut oil in an attempt to replicate the fattiness and bleed of a medium-rare beef patty. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "Textures That Delight and Disgust," 21 Feb. 2019 As the president delivered a creative set of extra-inflammatory remarks, mocking the #MeToo movement and condemning NATO before a crowd of nearly 7,000, my nose-bleed seat provided the perfect metaphorical vantage point. Zach Schermele, Teen Vogue, "Student Journalists are More Important Than Ever Before in the Trump Era," 18 July 2018 She was discovered to have 16 fractured ribs, liver and spleen lacerations, a brain bleed and facial bruising, according to the suit. Christine Clarridge, The Seattle Times, "Washington state pays $19 million to settle abuse case that left child paralyzed and blind," 26 Oct. 2018

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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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