\ ˈblēd How to pronounce bleed (audio) \
bled\ ˈbled How to pronounce bleed (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: Verb

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Examples of bleed in a Sentence

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The year 1979 marked, of course, the end of the 1970s and the beginnings of the 1980s, but, as history proves, decades tend to bleed into each other; definite ends are only a calendar device. Oline H. Cogdill,, 27 Sep. 2021 Both are hands-on jobs, where the professional can’t help but bleed into the personal. Deborah Treisma, The New Yorker, 6 Sep. 2021 Many nonprofit organizers across New Orleans have begun to wonder when help might finally come as days are beginning to bleed into an entire week since the storm hit the Crescent City. Xander Peters, The Christian Science Monitor, 2 Sep. 2021 Gums bleed and blacken, then engorge and protrude over the teeth or their absent weeping sockets like a dark second set of lips. Bathsheba Demuth, The Atlantic, 22 Sep. 2021 Polling shows O'Toole's conservatives could defeat the liberals, but Canada's far right People's Party of Canada may stand in the way and bleed votes away from conservatives to allow for a liberal victory. Taylor Wilson, USA TODAY, 20 Sep. 2021 Then, Cheryl manifests the collective pain of her congregation as her hands bleed from wounds that look a lot like the wounds Jesus suffered on the cross!!! Samantha Highfill,, 16 Sep. 2021 With the decision to leave Alden behind in the church to presumably slowly bleed out and turn, it’s now just Mags and Negs. Richard Rys, Vulture, 5 Sep. 2021 Those emotions can bleed into an announcement, and it’s the publicist’s job to determine what’s in the celebrity’s best interest and what’s not. Elizabeth Gulino,, 25 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun She was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery due to a brain bleed on Nov. 3, election night. Perry Vandell, The Arizona Republic, 10 Sep. 2021 After being transported to a nearby hospital, Liam died from a brain bleed caused by trauma at the base of his skull. Katie Campione,, 7 Sep. 2021 Paramedics rushed him to a hospital to be treated for a brain bleed, a lower skull fracture and a fracture to both orbitals and both cheekbones. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 July 2021 From the sound bleed from other stages to loud chatter from beer-swilling fans, Summerfest is not the finest format to really soak in lyrical craftsmanship. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 19 Sep. 2021 And that’s because comedy at a music festival is incredibly hard, with a decent probability of drunk hecklers and sound bleed from other stages. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12 Sep. 2021 Marsden simply answered a phone call, started talking about Sarkisian and his pain trickled out like a slow bleed. Los Angeles Times, 2 Sep. 2021 Wright warned that a person who attempts the challenge could sustain injuries such as a wrist fracture, a forearm fracture, a broken femur, a torn ACL, or a concussion with a head bleed that could potentially lead to lifelong damage. NBC News, 25 Aug. 2021 Lastly, vertical alignment (VA) panels offer deep uniform dark colors with minimal light bleed at the cost of narrower viewing angles. Hunter Fenollol, Popular Mechanics, 23 July 2021

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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 bleed (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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