Definition of “bleed” - English Dictionary

“bleed” in British English

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uk /bliːd/ us /bliːd/ bled, bled

B1 [ I ] to lose blood:

Your arm is bleeding.
He was bleeding heavily.

[ T ] (in the past) to make someone lose blood, as a cure for an illness

[ T ] If you bleed a closed system such as a radiator or a brake, you remove air or liquid from it to make it work correctly.

More examples

  • She was found unconscious and bleeding.
  • What's the matter with your hand? It's bleeding.
  • My nose was bleeding and I plugged it with cotton wool.
  • He was bleeding profusely.
  • By now his leg had stopped bleeding.


(Definition of “bleed” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“bleed” in American English

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bleedverb [ I/T ]

us /blid/ past tense and past participle bled /bled/

to lose blood:

[ I ] Before help could reach him, the man bled to death.
[ T ] fig. Because of the taxes, our state is bleeding jobs (= many jobs are leaving).

(Definition of “bleed” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“bleed” in Business English

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bleedverb [ I or T ]

uk /bliːd/ us

FINANCE, ACCOUNTING to lose a lot of money, or to make this happen:

The newspaper is bleeding money and is now almost €150 million in the red.
bleed sth from sth The energy crisis is estimated to be bleeding $1.4 billion a month from the region's economy.
bleed sb/sth dry

disapproving to take all or most of the money of a person, organization, country, etc.:

Unfair trade bleeds countries dry through repayments of national debts.

(Definition of “bleed” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)