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Definition of bleed verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bleed
    he / she / it bleeds
    past simple bled
    -ing form bleeding
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  1. 1[intransitive] to lose blood, especially from a wound or an injury My finger is bleeding. She slowly bled to death. He was bleeding copiously from a gash on his head.
  2. 2[transitive] bleed somebody (in the past) to take blood from someone as a way of treating disease
  3. 3[transitive] bleed somebody (for something) (informal) to force someone to pay a lot of money over a period of time My ex-wife is bleeding me for every penny I have.
  4. 4[transitive] bleed something to remove air or liquid from something so that it works correctly
  5. 5[intransitive] bleed (into something) to spread from one area of something to another area Keep the paint fairly dry so that the colors don't bleed into each other.
  6. Idioms
    bleed somebody dry (disapproving)
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    to take away all someone's money The big corporations are bleeding some of these small countries dry.
    my heart bleeds (for somebody) (ironic)
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    used to say that you do not feel sympathy for someone “I have to go to Brazil on business.” “My heart bleeds for you!”
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bleed