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bind

verb \ ˈbīnd \
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of bind

bound play \ˈbau̇nd\; binding
transitive verb
1 a : to make secure by tying
  • His hands were bound with rope.
b : to confine, restrain, or restrict as if with bonds
  • … she was not wholly bound in mind by her middle-class existence
  • —Delmore Schwartz
c : to put under an obligation
  • binds himself with an oath
d : to constrain with legal authority
  • The court's decision binds them to pay the fine.
2 a : to wrap around with something so as to enclose or cover
  • A silk sash bound her waist.
b : bandage
  • bind their wounds
3 : to fasten round about
  • when wreaths of laurel bound them
4 : to tie together
  • binding the wheat into sheaves
5 a : to cause to stick together
  • tuna and celery bound by mayonnaise
b : to take up and hold (as by chemical forces) : combine with
  • cellulose binds water
6 : constipate
  • Cheese tends to bind him.
7 : to make a firm commitment for
  • a handshake binds the deal
8 : to protect, strengthen, or decorate by a band or binding
  • a carpet bound with a gold edging
9 : to apply the parts of the cover to (a book)
10 : to set at work as an apprentice : indenture
  • He was bound out to a tailor for one year.
11 : to cause to have an emotional attachment
  • the emotional ties that bind us
12 : to fasten together
  • a pin bound the ends of the scarf
intransitive verb
1 a : to form a cohesive mass
  • A little milk will help the ingredients bind.
b : to combine or be taken up especially by chemical action
  • antibody binds to a specific antigen
2 : to hamper free movement or natural action
  • shorts that are guaranteed not to bind
3 : to become hindered from free operation
  • Rust caused the door to bind in its frame.
4 : to exert a restraining or compelling effect
  • a promise that binds

Examples of bind in a Sentence

  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.

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Origin and Etymology of bind

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

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bind

noun

Definition of bind

1 a : something that binds
b : the act of binding : the state of being bound
c : a place where binding occurs
2 music : tie 3
3 : a position or situation in which one is hampered, constrained, or prevented from free movement or action
  • got a bind on his opponent
in a bind
: in trouble
  • seem to have gotten myself in a bind

Examples of bind in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of bind from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of bind

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BIND Defined for English Language Learners

bind

verb

Definition of bind for English Language Learners

  • : 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


bind

noun

Definition of bind for English Language Learners

  • : a difficult situation

  • : an annoying problem


BIND Defined for Kids

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bind

verb \ ˈbīnd \

Definition of bind for Students

bound \ˈbau̇nd\; binding
1 : to tie or wrap securely (as with string or rope) The machine binds the hay into bales.
2 : to hold or restrict by force or obligation
  • The oath binds you.
3 : to wrap or cover with a bandage
  • bind a wound
4 : to cause to be joined together closely
  • … the increased affection which comes to bind households…
  • —Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
5 : to fasten together and enclose in a cover
  • bind a book

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bind

noun

Definition of bind for Students

: a difficult situation I'm in a real bind.

Medical Dictionary

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bind

verb \ ˈbīnd \

medical Definition of bind

bound play \ˈbau̇nd\; binding
transitive verb
1 : to wrap up (an injury) with a cloth : bandage
  • binding up the gash with clean gauze
2 : to take up and hold usually by chemical forces : combine with
  • cellulose binds water
3 : to make costive : constipate
intransitive verb
1 a : to form a cohesive mass
b : to combine or be taken up especially by chemical action
  • antibody binds to a specific antigen
2 : to hamper free movement

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bind

noun

medical Definition of bind

1 : something that binds
2 : the act of binding : the state of being bound — see double bind

Law Dictionary

bind

transitive verb \ ˈbīnd \

legal Definition of bind

bound play \ˈbau̇nd\; binding
1 a : to make responsible for an obligation (as under a contract)
  • agents have the power to bind the insurer
  • —R. I. Mehr
b : to burden with an obligation
  • prevented married women from binding their property
  • —J. H. Friedenthal et al.
2 : to exert control over : constrain by legal authority
  • this court is bound by precedent
3 : to bring (an insurance policy) into effect by an oral communication or a binder


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