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verb     bleed pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebleeding
past tensebled
past participlebled
  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. 2
    [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. 3
    [intransitive] if the colour in clothing, paper etc bleeds, it accidentally spreads
  4. 4
    [transitive] to remove liquid, gas, chemicals etc from a machine’s system

    He bled all the oil from the engine before starting work.

  5. 5
    [transitive] to take blood from someone’s body as part of a medical treatment, especially in the past
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