Definition of haemorrhage verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    (British English) (North American English hemorrhage) verb
    BrE BrE//ˈhemərɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhemərɪdʒ//
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they haemorrhage
    BrE BrE//ˈhemərɪdʒ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhemərɪdʒ//
    he / she / it haemorrhages
    BrE BrE//ˈhemərɪdʒɪz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhemərɪdʒɪz//
    past simple haemorrhaged
    BrE BrE//ˈhemərɪdʒd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhemərɪdʒd//
    past participle haemorrhaged
    BrE BrE//ˈhemərɪdʒd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhemərɪdʒd//
    -ing form haemorrhaging
    BrE BrE//ˈhemərɪdʒɪŋ//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈhemərɪdʒɪŋ//
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  1. 1[intransitive] to lose blood heavily, especially from the inside of the body; to have a haemorrhage After the operation she started to haemorrhage.
  2. 2[transitive] haemorrhage somebody/something to lose money or people in large amounts at a fast rate The company has been haemorrhaging money for months.
  3. Word Originlate 17th cent. (as a noun): alteration of obsolete haemorrhagy, via Latin from Greek haimorrhagia, from haima ‘blood’ + the stem of rhēgnunai ‘burst’.

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