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

There could be plenty of movement and there’s bound to be an abundance of intrigue and jockeying for position. Kellen Becoats, SI.com, "Five Storylines to Watch During the Last Week of the WNBA Regular Season," 2 Sep. 2019 That’s bound to disappoint some Disney fans, who traveled to the state for the opening weekend of the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge attraction. Chris Morris, Fortune, "Dorian Is Now a Major Hurricane—And It’s Roaring Towards Florida," 30 Aug. 2019 UC San Diego The campus just introduced a feature on its smartphone app that’s bound to be popular. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego universities worry about growth, money, violence as fall classes begin," 26 Aug. 2019 The sand kicked up by the sheep began to scarify one lunette, stripping the native vegetation that bound it together. David Maurice Smith, Smithsonian, "A 42,000-Year-Old Man Finally Goes Home," 23 Aug. 2019 The 4th annual celebration will take place on Saturday, October 5th, 2019 in New Orleans' City Park and is bound to be a good time for pastry enthusiasts. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "The 4th Annual Beignet Fest Returns to New Orleans This October 5th," 15 Aug. 2019 The Roys have retreated to the home in the wake of the devastating series of events that bound them ever more tightly together at the end of season one. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "Succession season 2: 4 winners and 4 losers from the premiere," 12 Aug. 2019 Esenberg filed the suit directly with the state Supreme Court rather than a lower court that would be bound by Supreme Court precedents that grant governors expansive veto powers. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Conservatives ask state Supreme Court to block Gov. Tony Evers' budget vetoes," 31 July 2019 To facilitate further data acquisition, Facebook grants itself the right to surveil, own, and monetize users’ private information by binding them to constantly evolving take-it- or-leave-it terms at sign-on. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "FTC fines Facebook $5 billion, imposes new privacy oversight," 24 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Calling for Asian Representation in Clubs and Classes Vicki Zheng, 15, Lower East Side The night before the deadline to create new student clubs at the Bronx High School of Science, Vicki was in a bind. Eliza Shapiro, New York Times, "Lock-Ins and Walkouts: The Students Changing City Schools From the Inside," 5 Sep. 2019 As for Friday against the Yankees, the Sox are in a bind. Julian Mcwilliams, BostonGlobe.com, "David Price is scratched from Friday’s start against the Yankees," 5 Sep. 2019 If his election bid fails and the bill to block a no-deal is backed, Johnson will be in a bind. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "Boris Johnson has just taken a huge gamble over Brexit," 3 Sep. 2019 In a bind, the Colts traded Elway to the Broncos for two veteran players and a first-round pick—reshaping the landscape of the league for the next two decades. The Si Staff, SI.com, "100 Figures Who Shaped the NFL’s First Century," 28 Aug. 2019 More than anything, that’s what Utah needed: another player to put opponents in a bind. Rob Mahoney, SI.com, "The Jazz Don't Need to Be a Superteam," 26 July 2019 Raising tariffs on these goods will likely cost American consumers, and leave importers in a bind to find substitutes in the short-term—in the long-run, manufacturers may look to produce these goods outside China. Dan Kopf, Quartz, "The US will have a hard time not getting these products from China," 30 July 2019 Ending the waivers also would put the other governments that signed the deal, Britain, France, Germany, Russia and China, in a bind, Kimball said. NBC News, "Trump admin weighs tightening restrictions on Iran's nuclear work," 20 July 2019 Numerous parents have found their youngsters in a bind because web filters don’t work and auto-fill features or other algorithms steer young students to inappropriate content by accident. Betsy Morris, WSJ, "Schools Wrestle With Privacy of Digital Data Collected on Students," 10 July 2019

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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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