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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.

  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.
  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;

bound3 /baʊnd/USA pronunciation   n. 
  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.
  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;
    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. 
    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. 

    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;
      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;
      spring:The colt bounded through the meadow.
    2. to rebound, as a ball;
      bounce:The ball bounded against the wall.

    1. a leap onward or upward;
    2. a rebound;
    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.

    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.

    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;
    • 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. 
    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;
    16. to indenture as an apprentice (often fol. by out):In his youth his father bound him to a blacksmith.

    1. to become compact or solid;
    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.

    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
    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
    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)
    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
    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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