from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To emit or lose blood.
  • intransitive v. To be wounded, especially in battle.
  • intransitive v. To feel sympathetic grief or anguish: My heart bleeds for the victims of the air crash.
  • intransitive v. To exude a fluid such as sap.
  • intransitive v. To pay out money, especially an exorbitant amount.
  • intransitive v. To run together or be diffused, as dyes in wet cloth.
  • intransitive v. To undergo or be subject to such a diffusion of color: The madras skirt bled when it was first washed.
  • intransitive v. To show through a layer of paint, as a stain or resin in wood.
  • intransitive v. To be printed so as to go off the edge or edges of a page after trimming.
  • transitive v. To take or remove blood from.
  • transitive v. To extract sap or juice from.
  • transitive v. To draw liquid or gaseous contents from; drain.
  • transitive v. To draw off (liquid or gaseous matter) from a container.
  • transitive v. To obtain money from, especially by improper means.
  • transitive v. To drain of all valuable resources: "Politicians . . . never stop inventing illicit enterprises of government that bleed the national economy” ( David A. Stockman).
  • transitive v. To cause (an illustration, for example) to bleed.
  • transitive v. To trim (a page, for example) so closely as to mutilate the printed or illustrative matter.
  • n. An instance of bleeding.
  • n. Illustrative matter that bleeds.
  • n. A page trimmed so as to bleed.
  • n. The part of the page that is trimmed off.
  • bleed off Aerospace To decrease: "Mike reared the chopper almost vertical to bleed off airspeed” ( Robert Coram).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To lose blood through an injured blood vessel.
  • v. To let or draw blood from an animal.
  • v. To take large amounts of money from.
  • v. To steadily lose (something vital).
  • v. To spread from the intended location and stain the surrounding cloth or paper.
  • v. To remove air bubbles from a pipe containing fluids.
  • v. To bleed on; to make bloody.
  • v. To show one's group loyalty by showing (its associated color) in one's blood.
  • n. An incident of bleeding, as in haemophilia.
  • n. In printing (1): a narrow edge around a page layout, to be printed but cut off afterwards (added to allow for slight misalignment, especially with pictures that should run to the edge of the finished sheet).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To emit blood; to lose blood; to run with blood, by whatever means.
  • intransitive v. To withdraw blood from the body; to let blood.
  • intransitive v. To lose or shed one's blood, as in case of a violent death or severe wounds; to die by violence.
  • intransitive v. To issue forth, or drop, as blood from an incision.
  • intransitive v. To lose sap, gum, or juice.
  • intransitive v. To pay or lose money; to have money drawn or extorted.
  • transitive v. To let blood from; to take or draw blood from, as by opening a vein.
  • transitive v. To lose, as blood; to emit or let drop, as sap.
  • transitive v. To draw money from (one); to induce to pay.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To void or emit blood; drop, or run with, blood: as, the wound bled profusely; his nose bleeds.
  • Figuratively, to feel pity, sorrow, or anguish; be filled with sympathy or grief: with for: as, my heart bleeds for him.
  • To come to light: in allusion to the old superstitious belief that the body of a murdered person would begin to bleed if the murderer approached it.
  • To shed one's blood; be severely wounded or die, as in battle or the like.
  • To lose sap, gum, or juice, as a tree or a vine.
  • To pay or lose money freely; be subjected to extortion of money: as, they made him bleed freely for that whim.
  • In dyeing, to be washed out: said of the color of a dyed fabric when it stains water in which it is immersed.
  • To leak; become leaky.
  • To yield; produce: applied to grain.
  • To cause to lose blood, as by wounding; take blood from by opening a vein, as in phlebotomy.
  • To lose, as blood; emit or distil, as juice, sap, or gum.
  • To extort or exact money from; sponge on: as, the sharpers bled him freely.
  • In dyeing, to extract the coloring matter from (a dye-drug).
  • In bookbinding, to trim the margin of (a book) so closely as to mutilate the print.
  • To allow an escape of (liquid or gas) through a cock or valve from a higher pressure to a lower.
  • In making turpentine, to obtain resin from (living trees) by cutting into them.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lose blood from one's body
  • v. get or extort (money or other possessions) from someone
  • v. draw blood
  • v. be diffused
  • v. drain of liquid or steam


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English bleden, from Old English blēdan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English blēdan, from Proto-Germanic *blōþijanan (“to bleed”), from Proto-Germanic *blōþan (“blood”).



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