simple past tense and past participle of bind.
tied; in bonds:
a bound prisoner.
made fast as if by a band or bond:
She is bound to her family.
secured within a cover, as a book.
under a legal or moral obligation:
He is bound by the terms of the contract.
destined; sure; certain:
It is bound to happen.
determined or resolved:
He is bound to go.
Pathology, constipated.
Mathematics. (of a vector) having a specified initial point as well as magnitude and direction.
Compare free (def 32).
held with another element, substance, or material in chemical or physical union.
(of a linguistic form) occurring only in combination with other forms, as most affixes.
Compare free (def 35).
bound up in / with,

inseparably connected with.
devoted or attached to:
She is bound up in her teaching.

to move by leaps; leap; jump; spring:
The colt bounded through the meadow.
to rebound, as a ball; bounce:
The ball bounded against the wall.
a leap onward or upward; jump.
a rebound; bounce.
Usually, bounds. limit or boundary:
the bounds of space and time; within the bounds of his estate; within the bounds of reason.
something that limits, confines, or restrains.

territories on or near a boundary.
land within boundary lines.

Mathematics. a number greater than or equal to, or less than or equal to, all the numbers in a given set.
Compare greatest lower bound, least upper bound, lower bound, upper bound.
to limit by or as if by bounds; keep within limits or confines.
to form the boundary or limit of.
to name or list the boundary of.
to abut.
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.

going or intending to go; on the way to; destined (usually followed by for):
The train is bound for Denver.
Archaic. prepared; ready.
a combining form of bound1 :
a combining form of bound4 :
to fasten or secure with a band or bond.
to encircle with a band or ligature:
She bound her hair with a ribbon.
to swathe or bandage (often followed by up):
to bind up one’s wounds.
to fasten around; fix in place by girding:
They bound his hands behind him.
to tie up (anything, as sheaves of grain).
to cause to cohere:
Ice bound the soil.
to unite by any legal or moral tie:
to be bound by a contract.
to hold to a particular state, place, employment, etc.:
Business kept him bound to the city.
to place under obligation or compulsion (usually used passively):
We are bound by good sense to obey the country’s laws.
Law. to put under legal obligation, as to keep the peace or appear as a witness (often followed by over):
This action binds them to keep the peace. He was bound over to the grand jury.
to make compulsory or obligatory:
to bind the order with a deposit.
to fasten or secure within a cover, as a book:
They will bind the new book in leather.
to cover the edge of, as for protection or ornament:
to bind a carpet.
(of clothing) to chafe or restrict (the wearer):
This shirt binds me under the arms.
Medicine/Medical. to hinder or restrain (the bowels) from their natural operations; constipate.
to indenture as an apprentice (often followed by out):
In his youth his father bound him to a blacksmith.
to become compact or solid; cohere.
to be obligatory:
an obligation that binds.
to chafe or restrict, as poorly fitting garments:
This jacket binds through the shoulders.
to stick fast, as a drill in a hole.
Falconry. (of a hawk) to grapple or grasp prey firmly in flight.
the act or process of binding; the state or instance of being bound.
something that binds.
Music. a tie, slur, or brace.
Falconry. the act of binding prey in flight.
Informal. a difficult situation or predicament:
This schedule has us in a bind.
bind off, Textiles. to loop (one stitch) over another in making an edge on knitted fabric.
Contemporary Examples

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An American in Full Jonathan Alter December 13, 2010
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Last of the Anti-Gay Marriage Judges Marc Solomon September 4, 2014

Historical Examples

Home Life in Germany Mrs. Alfred Sidgwick
The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
Dave Porter in the Far North Edward Stratemeyer
Ancient Man Hendrik Willem van Loon
From Sail to Steam, Recollections of Naval Life Captain A. T. Mahan

the past tense and past participle of bind
in bonds or chains; tied with or as if with a rope: a bound prisoner
(in combination) restricted; confined: housebound, fogbound
(postpositive, foll by an infinitive) destined; sure; certain: it’s bound to happen
(postpositive) , often foll by by. compelled or obliged to act, behave, or think in a particular way, as by duty, circumstance, or convention
(of a book) secured within a cover or binding: to deliver bound books See also half-bound
(US) (postpositive) , foll by on. resolved; determined: bound on winning

denoting a morpheme, such as the prefix non-, that occurs only as part of another word and not as a separate word in itself Compare free (sense 21)
(in systemic grammar) denoting a clause that has a nonfinite predicator or that is introduced by a binder, and that occurs only together with a freestanding clause Compare freestanding

(logic) (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) (Fx → bxy), x is bound and y is free See free (sense 22)
bound up with, closely or inextricably linked with: his irritability is bound up with his work
I’ll be bound, I am sure (something) is true
to move forwards or make (one’s way) by leaps or jumps
to bounce; spring away from an impact
a jump upwards or forwards
by leaps and bounds, with unexpectedly rapid progess: her condition improved by leaps and bounds
a sudden pronounced sense of excitement: his heart gave a sudden bound when he saw her
a bounce, as of a ball
(transitive) to place restrictions on; limit
when intr, foll by on. to form a boundary of (an area of land or sea, political or administrative region, etc)

a number which is greater than all the members of a set of numbers (an upper bound), or less than all its members (a lower bound) See also bounded (sense 1)
more generally, an element of an ordered set that has the same ordering relation to all the members of a given subset
whence, an estimate of the extent of some set

See bounds

(postpositive) , often foll by for. going or intending to go towards; on the way to: a ship bound for Jamaica, homeward bound
(in combination): northbound traffic

verb binds, binding, bound
to make or become fast or secure with or as if with a tie or band
(transitive) often foll by up. to encircle or enclose with a band: to bind the hair
(transitive) to place (someone) under obligation; oblige
(transitive) to impose legal obligations or duties upon (a person or party to an agreement)
(transitive) to make (a bargain, agreement, etc) irrevocable; seal
(transitive) to restrain or confine with or as if with ties, as of responsibility or loyalty
(transitive) to place under certain constraints; govern
(transitive) often foll by up. to bandage or swathe: to bind a wound
to cohere or stick or cause to cohere or stick: egg binds fat and flour
to make or become compact, stiff, or hard: frost binds the earth

(transitive) to enclose and fasten (the pages of a book) between covers
(intransitive) (of a book) to undergo this process

(transitive) to provide (a garment, hem, etc) with a border or edging, as for decoration or to prevent fraying
(transitive; sometimes foll by out or over) to employ as an apprentice; indenture
(intransitive) (slang) to complain
(transitive) (logic) to bring (a variable) into the scope of an appropriate quantifier See also bound1 (sense 9)
something that binds
the act of binding or state of being bound
(informal) a difficult or annoying situation
another word for bine
(music) another word for tie (sense 17)
(mining) clay between layers of coal
(fencing) a pushing movement with the blade made to force one’s opponent’s sword from one line into another
(chess) a position in which one player’s pawns have a hold on the centre that makes it difficult for the opponent to advance there
To combine with, form a bond with, or be taken up by a chemical or chemical structure. An enzyme, for example, is structured in such a way as to be able to bind with its substrate.
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bound to, be
bound up in


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