: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