\ˈblēd \
bled\ˈbled \; 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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The boy was treated at a hospital for cuts, bruises and bleeding from the ear, then released to his mother, who was not the woman in the video, police told The Riverside Press-Enterprise. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "Father swings his infant son at a woman ‘like a baseball bat,’ California police say," 11 July 2018 The victim in the case has been identified as Rafael Cabrera, who was found the night of June 19 unconscious and bleeding from the head in a parking lot on Marina Way, near Marina Parkway, not far from Chula Vista Bayfront Park. Dana Littlefield,, "Suspects arrested in Chula Vista beating death," 27 June 2018 Men in the shelter were startled and quickly tried to move out of the way, saying the intruder was cutting himself and bleeding from the neck. Maxine Bernstein,, "Homeless shelter shooting: Police release videos, investigation reports," 25 May 2018 Hemolytic uremic syndrome symptoms include fever, abdominal pain, pale skin tone, fatigue and irritability, small, unexplained bruises or bleeding from the nose and mouth, and decreased urination. Tamara Fuentes, Popular Mechanics, "The CDC Is Investigating an E. Coli Outbreak in Seven States," 12 Apr. 2018 Attaching a long pole from his homemade Zantz 690-K Strassen Knockabout Phaeton to overhead trolley wires, Herr Zantz bled electric power from the urban Stuttgart trolley system to run the car. Bruce Mccall, Esquire, "5 Electric Cars That Are Too Weird to Believe," 15 Mar. 2018 The mystery man's cause of death is unknown at this point, but a few things of note: (1) Chic is nowhere to be seen, (2) the body, seemingly bleeding from the head, is still there, and (3) Alice is the only one cleaning up the mess. Peggy Truong, Cosmopolitan, "We Need to Talk About the Latest Death on Riverdale," 1 Feb. 2018 Bird tried to return, but trainers were unable to stop her nose from bleeding. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Sue Bird cleared to play with broken nose in decisive Game 5," 3 Sep. 2018 Tip: Place a piece of cardboard between the layers to prevent the marker from bleeding. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "How to Make a Moana Costume for Halloween," 1 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The victim, who lives in Coupeville, spent the night in the hospital after suffering a brain bleed from the attack, according to the charges. Sara Jean Green, The Seattle Times, "Prosecutors allege ‘deliberate cruelty’ in stabbing death of a 71-year-old Bellingham man," 9 Oct. 2018 One can be caused by a brain bleed and the other by an arterial blockage. George Parry,, "I had a stroke. Don't do what I did if the same thing happens to you.," 1 June 2018 When Diane unexpectedly reenters Kit’s life—and lab—that secret bleeds (quite literally) into their present-day lives. Marie Claire, "These Are the Best Books of 2018, According to Our Editors," 15 Oct. 2018 One-third of the Blood and Ice Cream trilogy starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost, this British gem bleeds buddy comedy into the horror genre in a way only Edgar Wright can do. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The 28 Best Halloween Movies on Netflix," 11 Oct. 2018 And the number-one cause of death there is bleed outs after childbirth or other things. Katherine Lagrave, Condé Nast Traveler, "Innovators: Biometrics Believer Caryn Seidman-Becker, CEO of Clear, on Never Needing ID Again," 11 Sep. 2018 But if the scan revealed a brain bleed … well, there’s no treatment for that. Kerry Cromwell, Good Housekeeping, "My Little Boy Was Just 7 Years Old When He Had a Catastrophic Stroke," 26 July 2018 For color, dab on Rodial's quenching gel blush, and use Sisley Phyto-Lèvres Perfect Lip Pencil ($57) to stop lipstick bleed. Katie Becker, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Get Gorgeous Skin at Every Age," 5 Oct. 2015 In fact, the biggest talking point of the opening stages arrived when Casemiro weirdly waddled off the pitch before the cameramen panned up to his face - revealing the Real Madrid enforcer had suffered a nose bleed., "Brazil 2-0 Costa Rica: Late Double Makes Victory Look Easy for Brazil In Hard Fought Encounter," 22 June 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 \
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 \
bled\ˈbled \; 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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