\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 & Antonyms for bleed

Synonyms: Verb

draft, drain, draw (off), pump, siphon (also syphon), tap

Antonyms: Verb


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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

The trooper found Milkevic bleeding inside the car. Anne Geggis,, "Man's shooting death on I-95 in Boca was likely random," 29 June 2018 Griffin found Cole lying by a bed bleeding and called 911, the affidavit states. Becky Jacobs, Post-Tribune, "Crown Point couple charged in death of boy, 4, who found gun in baby sitters' home," 12 June 2018 Jerry spent much of his Diamondbacks tenure bleeding money and making questionable financial decisions. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Bryan Colangelo's resignation brings back memories of Jerry Colangelo's ousting in Arizona," 7 June 2018 Early Saturday morning police found Beech bleeding with severe trauma to his head on the road near Liberty Avenue and 20th Street. Charles Rabin, miamiherald, "A drug-buy-gone-bad ends in tourist's death after he's tossed from car hood, cops say," 31 May 2018 Brittany said of the accidental injury, which left Scott bleeding with a cut on his forehead. Janine Puhak, Fox News, "Gender reveal goes wrong when baseball smacks grandfather in the face," 23 May 2018 That disease is a bleeding disorder caused by a deficiency of a protein that helps blood to clot. Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Joan C. Gill remembered as advocate for her patients with bleeding disorders," 14 May 2018 Urton was struck in the left thigh and bled to death, according to the county coroner. Kevin Grasha,, "Racially charged murder trial canceled because of 'new evidence'," 13 July 2018 The victim was peppered with cigarette ashes, and then his hair was cut with a knife until his scalp bled. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Man sentenced for hate crime in live-streamed beating of mentally disabled teen," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Never the classiest screening rooms — others have cozier chairs and less sound bleed from neighboring spaces — Magno was still among the mostly widely used. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "So Long to an Old (and, O.K., Shabby) Friend: Magno Screening Rooms," 27 June 2018 How does that background and skill set bleed into your ability to write?, "How Rae DelBianco Went From Cattle Farmer To Bookstagram Queen To Literary Darling — All By 25," 13 July 2018 Tesla’s cash bleed has accelerated since the Model 3 rolled out last year. Charley Grant, WSJ, "Sizing Up Tesla’s $10 Billion Debt Stack," 17 June 2018 My blood pressure rose, and the dry heat from the oven cracked the skin of my nostrils and made my nose bleed. Charlie Anderle, Bon Appetit, "What It's Like to be Queer, Trans, Black, and a Line Cook," 3 May 2018 There were noise bleeds from concurrent sets that frustrated even the musicians. Samantha West, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Eaux Claires recap: The best and worst of the indie festival in its 4th year," 8 July 2018 The Sears store at North Star Mall will close by the end of the summer as the struggling retailer shutters more than 70 storefronts and bleeds sales, the company said Thursday. Joshua Fechter, San Antonio Express-News, "Sears to close San Antonio store near North Star Mall," 31 May 2018 Of course, Supergirl gave the real-world emotional issue some comic book weight by making M'yrnn's dementia take form in powerful psychic bleeds causing everyone to get aggressive and angry and fight, but the relatable beats were all the same. Sydney Bucksbaum, The Hollywood Reporter, "DC TV Watch: 'Supergirl' Tackles Important (and Relatable) Emotional Issue," 28 Apr. 2018 This method, saignée, from the French word for bleed, concentrates the remaining juice intended for red by increasing the ratio of skins to juice. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "American Rosés Without Clichés," 5 July 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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