Other forms: bleeding; bled; bleeds

When you bleed, blood runs or oozes out of your body. Cutting your finger when you're chopping vegetables can make you bleed.

Some kind of illness or injury, particularly one that cuts or scrapes your skin, can make you bleed. In long ago days of medical care, doctors would deliberately bleed patients to treat specific conditions, though today we mainly bleed due to accidents. You can also use bleed to mean "drain of money or resources," as when a greedy relative bleeds his wealthy grandmother, using her fortune to buy himself fancy cars.

Definitions of bleed
  1. verb
    lose blood from one's body
    synonyms: hemorrhage, shed blood
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    flow, menstruate
    undergo menstruation
    type of:
    discharge, eject, exhaust, expel, release
    eliminate (a substance)
  2. verb
    draw blood
    “In the old days, doctors routinely bled patients as part of the treatment”
    synonyms: leech, phlebotomise, phlebotomize
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    type of:
    care for, treat
    provide treatment for
  3. verb
    drain of liquid or steam
    bleed the radiators”
    “the mechanic bled the engine”
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    type of:
    make void or empty of contents
  4. verb
    get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
    “They bled me dry--I have nothing left!”
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    type of:
    extort, gouge, rack, squeeze, wring
    obtain by coercion or intimidation
  5. verb
    be diffused
    synonyms: run
    melt, melt down, run
    reduce or cause to be reduced from a solid to a liquid state, usually by heating
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    release color when rubbed, of badly dyed fabric
    type of:
    diffuse, fan out, spread, spread out
    move outward




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