v. & n.
—v. (past and past part. bound) (see also BOUNDEN).
1 tr. (often foll. by to, on, together) tie or fasten tightly.
2 tr. a restrain; put in bonds. b (as -bound adj.) constricted, obstructed (snowbound).
3 tr. esp. Cookery cause (ingredients) to cohere using another ingredient.
4 tr. fasten or hold together as a single mass.
5 tr. compel; impose an obligation or duty on.
6 tr. a edge (fabric etc.) with braid etc. b fix together and fasten (the pages of a book) in a cover.
7 tr. constipate.
8 tr. ratify (a bargain, agreement, etc.).
9 tr. (in passive) be required by an obligation or duty (am bound to answer).
10 tr. (often foll. by up) a put a bandage or other covering round. b fix together with something put round (bound her hair).
11 tr. indenture as an apprentice.
12 intr. (of snow etc.) cohere, stick.
13 intr. be prevented from moving freely.
14 intr. sl. complain.
1 colloq. a nuisance; a restriction.
2 = BINE.
Phrases and idioms:
be bound up with be closely associated with. bind over Law order (a person) to do something, esp. keep the peace. bind up bandage. I'll be bound a statement of assurance, or guaranteeing the truth of something.
Etymology: OE bindan

Useful english dictionary. 2012.


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