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verb bleed pronunciation in American English /blid/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebleeding
past tensebled
past participlebled
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to have blood flowing from your body, for example from a cut
    I cut my finger and it’s bleeding.
    bleed from: He was bleeding from a wound in his shoulder.
    bleed heavily/profusely: The victim was dumped by a roadside, bleeding profusely.
    She would have bled to death if we hadn’t found her.
  2. 3
    [transitive] to make someone pay a lot of money, especially regularly over a long period of time
    He’ll try to bleed them for every penny he can get.
    bleed someone dry (=take all of someone’s money): They were being bled dry by legal fees.
  3. 4
    [transitive] to remove liquid, gas, chemicals, etc. from a machines system
    He bled all the oil from the engine before starting work.


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