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noun \ˈbänd\

Simple Definition of bond

  • : something (such as an idea, interest, experience, or feeling) that is shared between people or groups and forms a connection between them

  • finance : an official document in which a government or company promises to pay back an amount of money that it has borrowed and to pay interest for the borrowed money

  • : a chain or rope that is used to prevent someone from moving or acting freely

Full Definition of bond

  1. 1 :  something that binds or restrains :  fetter

  2. 2 :  a binding agreement :  covenant

  3. 3 a :  a band or cord used to tie something b :  a material or device for binding c :  an attractive force that holds together the atoms, ions, or groups of atoms in a molecule or crystal d :  an adhesive, cementing material, or fusible ingredient that combines, unites, or strengthens

  4. 4 :  a uniting or binding element or force :  tie <the bonds of friendship>

  5. 5 a :  an obligation made binding by a money forfeit; also :  the amount of the money guarantee b :  one who acts as bail or surety c :  an interest-bearing certificate of public or private indebtedness d :  an insurance agreement pledging surety for financial loss caused to another by the act or default of a third person or by some contingency over which the third person may have no control

  6. 6 :  the systematic lapping of brick in a wall

  7. 7 :  the state of goods made, stored, or transported under the care of bonded agencies until the duties or taxes on them are paid

  8. 8 :  a 100-proof straight whiskey aged at least four years under government supervision before being bottled —called also bonded whiskey

  9. 9 :  bond paper

Examples of bond

  1. a daughter's bond with her mother

  2. Recent events have helped to strengthen the bonds between our two countries.

  3. My roommate and I share a common bond because we both grew up in the Midwest.

  4. She has invested most of her money in stocks and bonds.

Origin of bond

Middle English band, bond — more at band

First Known Use: 12th century

Rhymes with bond




Simple Definition of bond

  • : to join (things) together

  • : to join to something else

  • : to form a close relationship with someone

Full Definition of bond

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to lap (as brick) for solidity of construction

  3. 2 a :  to secure payment of duties and taxes on (goods) by giving a bond b :  to convert into a debt secured by bonds c :  to provide a bond for or cause to provide such a bond <bond an employee>

  4. 3 a :  to cause to adhere firmly b :  to embed in a matrix c :  to hold together in a molecule or crystal by chemical bonds

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to hold together or solidify by or as if by means of a bond or binder

  7. 2 :  to form a close relationship especially through frequent association <the new mother bonded with her child>

bond·able play \ˈbän-də-bəl\ adjective
bond·er noun

Examples of bond

  1. Heat was used to bond the sheets of plastic together.

  2. The poster was bonded to the wall with glue.


First Known Use of bond





Definition of bond


  1. :  bound in slavery

Origin of bond

Middle English bonde, from bonde customary tenant, from Old English bōnda householder, from Old Norse bōndi

First Known Use: 14th century

Medical Dictionary


noun \ˈbänd\

Medical Definition of bond

  1. :  an attractive force that holds together atoms, ions, or groups of atoms in a molecule or crystal—usually represented in formulas by a line

  2. bond verb

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