- bleed [bli:d] v past tense and past participle bled [bled]▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(blood)¦2¦(money)¦3¦(air/liquid)¦4¦(colour)¦5 bleed red ink▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[: Old English; Origin: bledan, from blod; BLOOD]1.) ¦(BLOOD)¦a)to lose blood, especially because of an injury▪ Your nose is bleeding.▪ Tragically, she bled to death .bleed profusely/heavily(=bleed a lot)▪ Mrs Burke was found unconscious and bleeding profusely.b) [T]to take some blood from someone's body, done in the past in order to treat a disease▪ When he fell sick several days later, he had a doctor bleed him.2.) ¦(MONEY)¦ [T]to force someone to pay an unreasonable amount of money over a period of time▪ His ex-wife clearly intends to bleed him for every last penny.bleed sb dry/white(=take all their money, possessions etc)▪ The ten-year war has bled the country dry.3.) ¦(AIR/LIQUID)¦ [T]to remove air or liquid from a system in order to make it work properly, for example from a heating system▪ We need to bleed the radiators.4.) ¦(COLOUR)¦ [I]to spread from one area of cloth or paper to another= ↑run▪ Wash it in cold water so the colours don't bleed.5.) bleed red ink [i]informalif a company or business bleeds red ink, it loses a lot of money rather than making money▪ Analysts predict the retailer will continue to bleed red ink, with losses topping $180 million.→my heart bleeds (for sb) at ↑heart
Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.