bleed

verb
\ 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

bleed

noun

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

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

Truth be told, though, that's too optimistic for the world of defense procurement—especially a program relying on bleeding-edge drone swarm tech. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.K. Promises to Develop Drone Swarms, But on an Unrealistic Timetable," 12 Feb. 2019 Coming into contact with a victim’s bleeding ulcer could be enough to transmit the disease. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "'Flesh-eating' STD allegedly reported in England," 22 Aug. 2018 This tissue can bleed and cause symptoms like incredibly painful periods. Colleen Stinchcombe, SELF, "How Does Endometriosis Impact Fertility?," 8 Feb. 2019 And then, of course, there's what happens at the end of the performance: Gaga bleeds to death and is strung up by her dancers, her eyes glassy and lifeless. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Lady Gaga's 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Performance Was a Warning Pop Culture Needed," 17 Aug. 2018 Another video clip shows him stumbling back inside the deli after the attack, bleeding, and a man behind the counter apparently ordering him out. Crimesider Staff, CBS News, "Eighth arrest in fatal stabbing of Bronx teenager outside bodega," 26 June 2018 Processors are stressing the necessity of bled and chilled fish. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Bristol Bay is a happy place right now, but time — and the marketplace – will tell if those smiles last," 17 June 2018 The Ukrainian police said the journalist was found, bleeding, by his wife in their Kiev apartment building and then rushed by ambulance to a hospital. Andrew Higgins, New York Times, "Arkady Babchenko, Russian Journalist, Shot and Killed in Kiev," 29 May 2018 Mellet had an adverse reaction to pain medication, which left her weak, bleeding, and struggling not to faint on the flight back to Dublin the next day. Jennifer Duggan, Marie Claire, "Irish Women Want Their Bodies Back," 15 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 Prosecutors said the 10-year-old also had a brain bleed and suffered a traumatic brain injury. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "California Boy, 10, Who Came Out as Gay Before Death Was Tortured for Days: Prosecutors," 4 July 2018 Another issue is an effective antidote if the patient has a life-threatening bleed. Sandy Bauers, Philly.com, "5 Questions: Lessons from the early death of Maroon 5 manager Jordan Feldstein," 6 Apr. 2018 During the club's victory parade in Houston, Dauer suffered a brain bleed following a subdural hematoma. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Rich Dauer set to coach alongside Astros' A.J. Hinch during All-Star game," 13 June 2018 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, Philly.com, "I had a stroke. Don't do what I did if the same thing happens to you.," 1 June 2018

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First Known Use of bleed

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1917, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bleed

Verb

Middle English bleden, from Old English blēdan, from blōd blood

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bleed

verb

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

bleed

verb
\ 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

bleed

verb
\ 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

bleed

noun

Medical Definition of bleed (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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