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v. bled (blĕd), bleed·ing, bleeds
1. To emit or lose blood.
2. To be wounded, especially in battle.
3. To feel sympathetic grief or anguish: My heart bleeds for the victims of the air crash.
4. To exude a fluid such as sap.
5. To pay out money, especially an exorbitant amount.
a. To run together or be diffused, as dyes in wet cloth.
b. To undergo or be subject to such a diffusion of color: The madras skirt bled when it was first washed.
7. To show through a layer of paint, as a stain or resin in wood.
8. To be printed so as to go off the edge or edges of a page after trimming.
a. To take or remove blood from.
b. To extract sap or juice from.
a. To draw liquid or gaseous contents from; drain.
b. To draw off (liquid or gaseous matter) from a container.
a. To obtain money from, especially by improper means.
b. To drain of all valuable resources: "Politicians ... never stop inventing illicit enterprises of government that bleed the national economy" (David A. Stockman).
a. To cause (an illustration, for example) to bleed.
b. To trim (a page, for example) so closely as to mutilate the printed or illustrative matter.
1. An instance of bleeding.
2. Illustrative matter that bleeds.
a. A page trimmed so as to bleed.
b. The part of the page that is trimmed off.
Phrasal Verbs:
bleed off
Aerospace To decrease: "Mike reared the chopper almost vertical to bleed off airspeed" (Robert Coram).
bleed out
1. To lose or cause to lose all or almost all of the blood from the body: The victim would have bled out if the paramedics hadn't arrived quickly. The hunter bled out the deer.
2. To lose or cause to lose all or almost all of a substance: Allow the air to bleed out of the system.

[Middle English bleden, from Old English blēdan; see bhel- in Indo-European roots.]
References in classic literature ?
Her body shook as with a chill and her hands trem- bled so that she had difficulty getting into her night- dress.
They arose together, fought, and bled, each in his turn.
One day he bled me; John held a pail for the blood.
His very soul bled within him for what seemed to him the wrongs of the poor suffering thing that lay like a crushed reed on the boxes; the feeling, living, bleeding, yet immortal thing, which American state law coolly classes with the bundles, and bales, and boxes, among which she is lying.
But all of a sudden I stum- bled on the very thing, just by luck.