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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
bound1 /baʊnd/USA pronunciation   v. 
  1. a pt. and pp. of bind.

adj. 
  1. tied;
    in bonds:a bound prisoner.
  2. made fast as if by a band or bond.
  3. secured within a cover, as a book:a bound book.
  4. Law[usually: be + ~] under an obligation:Even the police are bound by laws.[+ to + verb]I felt bound to tell you what they say about you.
  5. [be + ~ + to + verb] certain;sure:He's so fast he's bound to win the race.[It + be + ~ + to + verb]It is bound to happen.
Idioms
  1. Idioms bound up with or in, [be + ~ + object]
    • Idiomsvery closely connected with:Her future is too bound up with his career.
    • Idiomsdevoted or attached to:I've been bound up in this project for years.


bound2 /baʊnd/USA pronunciation   v. [no object]
  1. to move by leaps;
    jump:He bounded out the door.
  2. to rebound;
    bounce:He started to fall, but then bounded off the wall as he went down.

n. [countable]
  1. a leap onward or upward;
    jump:With a great bound, the dog flew out the window.
  2. a rebound;
    bounce.

bound3 /baʊnd/USA pronunciation   n. 
    [countable]
  1. Usually, bounds.[plural] limit or boundary: within the bounds of reason.

v. [usually: be + bounded by]
  1. to limit by or as if by bounds:Spain is bounded on the east by Portugal.
Idioms
  1. in bounds, within official boundaries:They ruled that the player was in bounds.
  2. Idioms out of bounds,
    • beyond or past official boundaries:threw the ball out of bounds.
    • forbidden;
      prohibited:[Drinking alcoholic beverages is out of bounds for her.]


bound4 /baʊnd/USA pronunciation   adj. [be + ~ + for]
  1. going or intending to go;
    destined;
    heading for: The train is bound for Denver.

-bound1  ,combining form. 
  • Use -bound after certain nouns to mean "stuck or surrounded by (something)'':snow + -bound → snowbound (= stuck in and surrounded by snow).

  • -bound2  ,combining form. 
  • Use -bound after words of direction to indicate "going to;
    heading toward'':east + -bound → eastbound (= going to the east;heading toward the east).

  • WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
    bind /baɪnd/USA pronunciation   v.,  bound/baʊnd/USA pronunciation  bind•ing, n. 
    v. 
    1. to fasten or tie (something) with a string, rope, etc.:[+ object]She bound her hair with a ribbon.
    2. to bandage: [+ object (+ up)]to bind one's wounds (up).[+ (+ up) + object]to bind (up) his wounds.
    3. [+ object] to cause to cohere: Ice bound the soil.
    4. [+ object] to unite or join by any tie: to be bound by a contract.
    5. to place under obligation:[+ object;  usually: be + bound + to]She was bound to secrecy by the oath she took.
    6. Printing[+ object] to fasten or secure (sheets of paper) within a cover: to bind a book in leather.

    n. [countable;  usually singular]
    1. a difficult situation or predicament: This tight schedule has us in a bind.
    bind•a•ble, adj. 

    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    bound1  (bound),USA pronunciation v. 
    1. pt. and pp. of  bind. 

    adj. 
    1. tied;
      in bonds:a bound prisoner.
    2. made fast as if by a band or bond:She is bound to her family.
    3. secured within a cover, as a book.
    4. Lawunder a legal or moral obligation:He is bound by the terms of the contract.
    5. destined;
      sure;
      certain:It is bound to happen.
    6. determined or resolved:He is bound to go.
    7. Pathologyconstipated.
    8. Mathematics(of a vector) having a specified initial point as well as magnitude and direction. Cf. free (def. 31).
    9. Chemistry, Physicsheld with another element, substance, or material in chemical or physical union.
    10. Linguistics(of a linguistic form) occurring only in combination with other forms, as most affixes. Cf. free (def. 34).
    11. bound up in or  with: 
      • inseparably connected with.
      • devoted or attached to:She is bound up in her teaching.
    boundness, n. 
    • past participle and past tense of bind
      • 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged liable, obligated, obliged, compelled.

    bound2  (bound),USA pronunciation v.i. 
    1. to move by leaps;
      leap;
      jump;
      spring:The colt bounded through the meadow.
    2. to rebound, as a ball;
      bounce:The ball bounded against the wall.

    n. 
    1. a leap onward or upward;
      jump.
    2. a rebound;
      bounce.
    bounding•ly, adv. 
    • Middle French bond a leap, bondir to leap, origin, originally resound Vulgar Latin *bombitīre for *bombitāre to buzz, whiz (Latin bomb(us) (see bomb) + -it- intensive suffix + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix)
    • 1545–55
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  skip 1.

    bound3  (bound),USA pronunciation n. 
    1. Usually,  bounds. limit or boundary:the bounds of space and time;within the bounds of his estate;within the bounds of reason.
    2. something that limits, confines, or restrains.
    3. bounds: 
      • territories on or near a boundary.
      • land within boundary lines.
    4. [Math.]a number greater than or equal to, or less than or equal to, all the numbers in a given set. Cf. greatest lower bound, least upper bound, lower bound, upper bound.
    5. out of bounds: 
      • beyond the official boundaries, prescribed limits, or restricted area:The ball bounced out of bounds.
      • forbidden;
        prohibited:The park is out of bounds to students.

    v.t. 
    1. to limit by or as if by bounds;
      keep within limits or confines.
    2. to form the boundary or limit of.
    3. to name or list the boundaries of.

    v.i. 
    1. to abut.
    bounda•ble, adj. 
    • Medieval Latin budina, of uncertain origin, originally; compare bourn2
    • Anglo-French; Old French bone, bonde, variant of bodne
    • Middle English bounde 1175–1225
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged border, frontier, confine.

    bound4  (bound),USA pronunciation adj. 
    1. going or intending to go;
      on the way to;
      destined (usually fol. by for):The train is bound for Denver.
    2. [Archaic.]prepared;
      ready.
    • Old Norse būinn, past participle of būa to get ready
    • Middle English b(o)un ready 1150–1200

    -bound1  ,
  • a combining form of  bound 1: snowbound.

  • -bound2  ,
  • a combining form of  bound 4: eastbound.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
    bind  (bīnd),USA pronunciation v.,  bound, bind•ing, n. 
    v.t. 
    1. to fasten or secure with a band or bond.
    2. to encircle with a band or ligature:She bound her hair with a ribbon.
    3. to swathe or bandage (often fol. by up):to bind up one's wounds.
    4. to fasten around;
      fix in place by girding:They bound his hands behind him.
    5. to tie up (anything, as sheaves of grain).
    6. to cause to cohere:Ice bound the soil.
    7. to unite by any legal or moral tie:to be bound by a contract.
    8. to hold to a particular state, place, employment, etc.:Business kept him bound to the city.
    9. to place under obligation or compulsion (usually used passively):We are bound by good sense to obey the country's laws.
    10. Lawto put under legal obligation, as to keep the peace or appear as a witness (often fol. by over):This action binds them to keep the peace. He was bound over to the grand jury.
    11. to make compulsory or obligatory:to bind the order with a deposit.
    12. Printingto fasten or secure within a cover, as a book:They will bind the new book in leather.
    13. to cover the edge of, as for protection or ornament:to bind a carpet.
    14. (of clothing) to chafe or restrict (the wearer):This shirt binds me under the arms.
    15. Medicineto hinder or restrain (the bowels) from their natural operations;
      constipate.
    16. to indenture as an apprentice (often fol. by out):In his youth his father bound him to a blacksmith.

    v.i. 
    1. to become compact or solid;
      cohere.
    2. to be obligatory:an obligation that binds.
    3. to chafe or restrict, as poorly fitting garments:This jacket binds through the shoulders.
    4. to stick fast, as a drill in a hole.
    5. Sport[Falconry.](of a hawk) to grapple or grasp prey firmly in flight.
    6. Textilesbind off, to loop (one stitch) over another in making an edge on knitted fabric.

    n. 
    1. the act or process of binding;
      the state or instance of being bound.
    2. something that binds.
    3. Music and Dancea tie, slur, or brace.
    4. Sport[Falconry.]the act of binding.
    5. [Informal.]a difficult situation or predicament:This schedule has us in a bind.
    binda•ble, adj. 
    • bef. 1000; Middle English binden (verb, verbal), Old English bindan; cognate with Old High German bintan, Old Norse binda, Gothic bindan, Sanskrit bandhati (he) binds
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged gird, attach, tie.
      • 2.See corresponding entry in Unabridged confine, restrain.
      • 9.See corresponding entry in Unabridged engage, oblige, obligate.
      • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged untie.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    bound /baʊnd/ vb
    1. the past tense and past participle of bind
    adj
    1. in bonds or chains; tied with or as if with a rope
    2. (in combination) restricted; confined: housebound, fogbound
    3. (postpositive, followed by an infinitive) destined; sure; certain: it's bound to happen
    4. (postpositive) , often followed by by: compelled or obliged to act, behave, or think in a particular way, as by duty, circumstance, or convention
    5. (of a book) secured within a cover or binding
    6. (of a variable) occurring within the scope of a quantifier that indicates the degree of generality of the open sentence in which the variable occurs: in (x) (Fxbxy), x is bound and y is free
      See free
    7. bound up withclosely or inextricably linked with
    bound /baʊnd/ vb
    1. to move forwards or make (one's way) by leaps or jumps
    2. to bounce; spring away from an impact
    n
    1. a jump upwards or forwards
    2. a bounce, as of a ball
    Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French bond a leap, from bondir to jump, resound, from Vulgar Latin bombitīre (unattested) to buzz, hum, from Latin bombus booming sound
    bound /baʊnd/ vb
    1. (transitive) to place restrictions on; limit
    2. when intr, followed by on: to form a boundary of (an area of land or sea, political or administrative region, etc)
    n
    1. See bounds
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French bonde, from Medieval Latin bodina, of Gaulish origin
    bound /baʊnd/ adj
    1. (postpositive) , often followed by for: going or intending to go towards; on the way to: a ship bound for Jamaica, homeward bound
    2. (in combination): northbound traffic
    Etymology: 13th Century: from Old Norse buinn, past participle of būa to prepare
    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
    bind /baɪnd/ vb (binds, binding, bound)
    1. to make or become fast or secure with or as if with a tie or band
    2. (transitive) often followed by up: to encircle or enclose with a band: to bind the hair
    3. (transitive) to place (someone) under obligation; oblige
    4. (transitive) to impose legal obligations or duties upon (a person or party to an agreement)
    5. (transitive) to make (a bargain, agreement, etc) irrevocable; seal
    6. (transitive) to restrain or confine with or as if with ties, as of responsibility or loyalty
    7. (transitive) to place under certain constraints; govern
    8. (transitive) often followed by up: to bandage or swathe
    9. to cohere or stick or cause to cohere or stick: egg binds fat and flour
    10. to make or become compact, stiff, or hard: frost binds the earth
    11. (transitive) to enclose and fasten (the pages of a book) between covers
    12. (transitive) to provide (a garment, hem, etc) with a border or edging, as for decoration or to prevent fraying
    13. (tr; sometimes followed by out or over) to employ as an apprentice; indenture
    14. (intransitive) slang to complain
    n
    1. something that binds
    2. informal a difficult or annoying situation

    See also bind overEtymology: Old English bindan; related to Old Norse binda, Old High German bintan, Latin offendix band², Sanskrit badhnāti he binds
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