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