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verb \ˈbīnd\

Simple Definition of bind

  • : to tie or wrap (something) with rope, string, etc.

  • : to tie the hands or feet of a person to prevent escape or movement

  • of clothing : to prevent free movement by fitting too tightly

Full Definition of bind

bound play \ˈbau̇nd\ bind·ing

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make secure by tying b :  to confine, restrain, or restrict as if with bonds c :  to put under an obligation <binds himself with an oath> d :  to constrain with legal authority

  3. 2 a :  to wrap around with something so as to enclose or cover b :  bandage

  4. 3 :  to fasten round about

  5. 4 :  to tie together (as stocks of wheat)

  6. 5 a :  to cause to stick together b :  to take up and hold (as by chemical forces) :  combine with

  7. 6 :  constipate

  8. 7 :  to make a firm commitment for <a handshake binds the deal>

  9. 8 :  to protect, strengthen, or decorate by a band or binding

  10. 9 :  to apply the parts of the cover to (a book)

  11. 10 :  to set at work as an apprentice :  indenture

  12. 11 :  to cause to have an emotional attachment

  13. 12 :  to fasten together <a pin bound the ends of the scarf>

  14. intransitive verb
  15. 1 a :  to form a cohesive mass b :  to combine or be taken up especially by chemical action <antibody binds to a specific antigen>

  16. 2 :  to hamper free movement or natural action

  17. 3 :  to become hindered from free operation

  18. 4 :  to exert a restraining or compelling effect <a promise that binds>

Examples of bind

  1. She bound her hair in a ponytail.

  2. The machine binds the hay into bales.

  3. He doesn't like to wear clothes that bind.

Origin of bind

Middle English, from Old English bindan; akin to Old High German bintan to bind, Greek peisma cable, Sanskrit badhnāti he ties

First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with bind




Simple Definition of bind

  • : a difficult situation

  • : an annoying problem

Full Definition of bind

  1. 1 a :  something that binds b :  the act of binding :  the state of being bound c :  a place where binding occurs

  2. 2 :  tie 3

  3. 3 :  a position or situation in which one is hampered, constrained, or prevented from free movement or action

in a bind
  1. :  in trouble

Examples of bind

  1. It's a real bind having to meet all these deadlines.

  2. <with our vacation week fast approaching, and no arrangements for the care of our pets, we were in a serious bind>

Before 12th Century

First Known Use of bind

before 12th century

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