\ ˈbin How to pronounce bin (audio) \
plural bins

Definition of bin

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a box, frame, crib, or enclosed place used for storage
2 chiefly British : a can for trash or garbage : dustbin The woman retreated to a desk, dropping the leaflets in the bin as though she couldn't bear to hold them anymore.— Denise Mina


binned; binning

Definition of bin (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to put into a bin



Definition of bin- (Entry 3 of 3)

: bi- entry 1 binaural

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Synonyms for bin

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of bin in a Sentence

Noun Put the old newspapers in the recycling bin. a storage bin for hats and gloves
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The health food store bulk-bin staple has a golden-yellow color and is available in small and large flakes. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 17 July 2021 After emerging from the men’s restroom, the crew allegedly placed an item in another trash bin near the lobby area of the restaurant and then left the Taco Bell, according to Nashville Fire Department. Washington Post, 13 July 2021 To say the case has rattled the psyche of Iranians since the remains of the couple’s son, Babak, 47, were found in a garbage bin in May would be an understatement. New York Times, 5 July 2021 Other changes to local trash ordinance include: All trash must be in 13- to 32-gallon bags and placed inside in a bin that complies with the city’s sizing requirements. Dallas News, 23 June 2021 As Miles explains to WBUR, a white woman accidentally discovered the 33- by 16-inch bag in a bin of rags at a Tennessee open-air flea market in 2007. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 June 2021 The snakes were kept in these large bins, and there would be maybe several hundred snakes in a bin. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 11 June 2021 The husband of a woman who went unidentified for nearly two decades after her legs were discovered in a trash bin in Rancho San Diego pleaded not guilty Thursday to a murder charge. City News Service, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 May 2021 Reed recommends sticking the canister as far down into an empty trash bag as possible to clear it, or dumping it into an outdoor trash bin. Washington Post, 20 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For instance, it was reported that Tesco suppliers are being forced to bin nearly 50 tonnes of food each week due to a lorry driver crisis. Amy Nguyen, Forbes, 25 June 2021 The reusable bins the company normally supplies to clients have been replaced by cardboard boxes. Kim Velsey, New York Times, 9 Apr. 2020 After Fiji flanker Semi Kunatani was sin-binned, Adams finished off a slick four-man passing move for 14-10. San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Oct. 2019 Amazon binned a hiring algorithm that was persistently sexist, and Apple is being investigated over its new credit card, which offers women lower credit limits. The Economist, 21 Nov. 2019 This is not the first time Saudi Arabia has been implicated in phone hacking—though the incident may provide the strongest link yet to bin Salman himself. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 22 Jan. 2020 After three weeks of strikes and demonstrations, Juppé had to bin his plan. Sylvain Cypel, The New York Review of Books, 17 Jan. 2020 The downside includes having to secure a second mortgage to obtain LPs that barely made it to the thrift-store dollar bins a decade earlier. Jim Allen, Popular Mechanics, 30 Dec. 2019 Both were charged with passing on information about dissidents to bin Salman’s government. Karl Vick, Time, 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of bin


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1839, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bin


Middle English binn, from Old English


Middle English, from Late Latin, from Latin bini two by two; akin to Old English twinn twofold — more at twin

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English Language Learners Definition of bin

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a box that is used for storing things
chiefly British : a can for trash or garbage



English Language Learners Definition of bin (Entry 2 of 2)

British, informal : to put (something) in the trash


\ ˈbin How to pronounce bin (audio) \

Kids Definition of bin

: a box or enclosed place used for storage a laundry bin

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