bind

verb
\ ˈbīnd How to pronounce bind (audio) \
bound\ ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce bound (audio) \; binding

Definition of bind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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.
2a : 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
5a : 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

1a : 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

bind

noun

Definition of bind (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : something that binds
b : the act of binding : the state of being bound
c : a place where binding occurs
2 music : tie sense 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

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Examples of bind in a Sentence

Verb

She bound her hair in a ponytail. The machine binds the hay into bales. He doesn't like to wear clothes that bind.

Noun

It's a real bind having to meet all these deadlines. with our vacation week fast approaching, and no arrangements for the care of our pets, we were in a serious bind
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

With his raspy-toned voice and easy-flowing lyrics, Prince Charlez is bound to be the pop scene’s newest, and most soulful, addition. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Get to Know Prince Charlez, the Artist Heard in Bella Hadid’s Vogue Video," 27 Mar. 2019 Senators also introduced a non-binding resolution last week to condemn MBS for his role in Khashoggi’s assassination. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Senate debates resolution to end US support for war in Yemen," 13 Dec. 2018 When a college basketball program is starting from scratch, the beginnings are bound to be humble. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Jim Calhoun's Young Players Get A Schooling In The Pro-Am," 11 July 2018 Tit-for-tat tariffs — some already imposed, others about to kick in — are bound to challenge international supply chains. Russ Mitchell, latimes.com, "Tesla's China factory: Will it ever be built?," 10 July 2018 From July 26-29, more memories are bound to materialize as the Bassmaster Elite Series visits Edgewood’s Flying Point Park in Harford County for the Huk Bassmaster Elite at Upper Chesapeake Bay presented by Mossy Oak. Kyle Mcfadden, The Aegis, "Bassmaster Elite Series fishing tournament all set for new launch site in Flying Point Park," 10 July 2018 Circuit Judge Bernard Bober was bound by law to sentence Hall to life in prison for first-degree murder. Rafael Olmeda, Sun-Sentinel.com, "21 years later, life in prison for killer of Dania Beach 'Bingo Queen'," 9 July 2018 The then ruling Popular Party abstained, allowing the non-binding resolution to pass in the country’s lower house, but didn’t move to carry out the proposals. Washington Post, "Spanish PM vows to exhume Franco from controversial site," 18 June 2018 The Sun is Also a Star, starring Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton, is almost out and it is bound to be one of the biggest movies of the summer. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything We Know About Yara Shahidi and Charles Melton's "The Sun is Also a Star"," 6 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Jonathan Gold, NRF’s head of supply chain and customs policy, said the uncertainty around trade has retailers in a bind. Erica E. Phillips, WSJ, "Import Wave Jams California Warehouses," 17 Feb. 2019 But after the 2008 crash, those same people often found themselves in a bind, unable to afford the cost of a second home, yet facing a depressed real estate market where selling a vacation property would have meant taking a significant loss. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "How vacation homes went from private escape to investment opportunities," 2 Oct. 2018 Greek agrees that the cumulative mental stress of a double-bind situation will eventually wear down a recruit’s mental resistance. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Bhagwan’s Devious Trap," 12 Apr. 2018 Before the target molecule binds, the polymer layer keeps itself together by a mechanism called hydrogen bonding. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Big transistor senses the arrival of a single molecule," 29 Oct. 2018 After an uneventful second inning, Peters put himself in another bind in the third when the Phillies loaded the bases one again. Clark Spencer, miamiherald, "Marlins get hammered by Phillies’ home run derby | Miami Herald," 7 Apr. 2018 Why did the mind that later turned stone into water bind this lush exoticism with such strong edges? Kenyon Gradert, WSJ, "Antoni Gaudí’s Surprisingly Straight Structure," 9 Mar. 2018 The resulting market shortage spiked prices, since suppliers knew their customers were suddenly in a bind. Diana Budds, Curbed, "How Trump’s tariffs are affecting the furniture industry," 7 Aug. 2018 In a paper published online on June 21st, also in Neuron, Moir and colleagues reported that amyloid beta peptides bind to and entrap HSV-1 and HHV-6, thereby helping to protect against infection. Melinda Wenner Moyer, Scientific American, "Harder Evidence Builds that Viruses Play a Role in Alzheimer’s," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of bind

Verb

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

Noun

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

History and Etymology for bind

Verb and Noun

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

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

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

: a difficult situation
British : an annoying problem

bind

verb
\ ˈbīnd How to pronounce bind (audio) \
bound\ ˈbau̇nd \; binding

Kids Definition of bind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

bind

noun

Kids Definition of bind (Entry 2 of 2)

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

bind

verb
\ ˈbīnd How to pronounce bind (audio) \
bound\ ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce bound (audio) \; binding

Medical Definition of bind

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

1a : 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

bind

noun

Medical Definition of bind (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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\ ˈbīnd How to pronounce bind (audio) \
bound\ ˈbau̇nd How to pronounce bound (audio) \; binding

Legal Definition of bind

1a : 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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