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: something that binds or restrains : fetter
prisoners freed from their bonds
the bonds of oppression
: a binding agreement : covenant
united in the bonds of holy matrimony
My word is my bond.
: a band or cord used to tie something
: a material (such as timber or brick) or device for binding
chemistry : an attractive force that holds together the atoms, ions, or groups of atoms in a molecule or crystal
chemical bonds
: an adhesive, cementing material, or fusible ingredient that combines, unites, or strengthens
: a uniting or binding element or force : tie
the bonds of friendship
: an obligation made binding by a forfeit of money
also : the amount of the money guarantee
I have sworn an oath, that I will have my bond Shakespeare
The accused was released on $40,000 bond.
: one who provides bail or acts as surety (see surety sense 3)
finance : an interest-bearing certificate of public or private indebtedness
money that she had invested in stocks and bonds
: an insurance agreement pledging that one will become legally liable for financial loss caused to another by the act or default of a third person or by some contingency over which the third person may have no control
masonry : the systematic lapping (see lap entry 2 sense 4a) of brick in a wall
: the state of goods made, stored, or transported under the care of an agency until the duties or taxes on them are paid
you may leave … tobacco in bond with customsRichard Joseph
alcohol : a 100-proof straight whiskey aged at least four years under government supervision before being bottled

called also bonded whiskey



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bonded; bonding; bonds

transitive verb

masonry : to lap (a building material, such as brick) for solidity of construction
: to secure payment of duties and taxes on (goods) by giving a bond (see bond entry 1 sense 5a)
warehouses for bonding tobacco
: to convert into a debt secured by bonds (see bond entry 1 sense 5a)
insurance : to provide a bond (see bond entry 1 sense 5d) for or cause to provide such a bond
bond an employee
: to cause to adhere firmly
Heat is used to bond the plastic sheets together.
: to embed in a matrix (see matrix sense 3b)
abrasive material bonded in a resinous binder
chemistry : to hold together in a molecule or crystal by chemical bonds (see bond entry 1 sense 3c)

intransitive verb

: to hold together or solidify by or as if by means of a bond (see bond entry 1) or binder (see binder sense 3)
The glue didn't bond to the glass.
: to form a close relationship especially through frequent association
the new mother bonded with her child
The retreat was a great bonding experience for the team.
bondable adjective
bonder noun


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: bound in slavery

Examples of bond in a Sentence

Noun a daughter's bond with her mother Recent events have helped to strengthen the bonds between our two countries. My roommate and I share a common bond because we both grew up in the Midwest. She has invested most of her money in stocks and bonds. Verb Heat was used to bond the sheets of plastic together. The poster was bonded to the wall with glue. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Donaldson analyzed the couple’s gestures throughout their 12-year relationship to uncover what Ryan and Eva’s body language reveals about their bond. Naydeline Mejia, Women's Health, 10 Sep. 2023 Municipal bonds, issued by state, city and local governments, are generally free from federal taxes, too. Medora Lee, USA TODAY, 10 Sep. 2023 To put it simply, Falcon Lake is a coming-of-age story about a reserved 13 year-old boy who forms a bond with a spirited 16 year-old family-friend while on vacation. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Sep. 2023 Bedford police arrived on scene to issue the woman a personal recognizance bond. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 10 Sep. 2023 People who know both men say their bond is singular in its intensity. Katie Rogers, New York Times, 10 Sep. 2023 Bryan was eventually released on a $1,000 bond after being booked in Craig County jail, per the outlet. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 9 Sep. 2023 He’s talked about how important the series and the paternal bond were to him many times over the years. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 8 Sep. 2023 He is now being held at the Indian River County Jail on a $750,000 bond. Jon Haworth, ABC News, 29 Aug. 2023
Franco resists the reductive path, allowing these two lonely people to bond. Peter Debruge, Variety, 8 Sep. 2023 The two families bonded living on the same San Francisco street years ago. Amy B Wang, Marianna Sotomayor, Paul Kane, Anchorage Daily News, 8 Sep. 2023 If a jacket is critically seam sealed, this means only some of the seams are taped or bonded at the most vulnerable points. Danny Perez, Popular Mechanics, 6 Sep. 2023 Gigi Hadid Goes Blueberry Picking with Daughter Khai, 2, in Rare Photos: 'Best of Summer' Elsewhere in the interview, Hadid opens up about trying out her old hobbies while bonding with Khai, from ceramics to crocheting. Angela Andaloro, Peoplemag, 4 Sep. 2023 This acrylic, which is bonded with a color and then emulsified, makes the paint durable against routine use, multiple washes, and sunlight. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, 29 Aug. 2023 Some serious under-the-sheets action can also be a great way to bond with your partner as a partner, rather than just a co-parent. Jessica Migala, Women's Health, 28 Aug. 2023 In addition to cooking and renaissance fair stuff, the couple bonded over gardening. Matt Wake |, al, 28 Aug. 2023 Players quickly bonded with RJ, who stands 6-foot-3 and grins while giving monster hugs and bone-crushing handshakes. Steve Henson, Los Angeles Times, 27 Aug. 2023
The new partnership project will have space in the pre-bond area of the jail where workers will make an initial connection to people who might benefit from some of the programs the project is offering, said Matthew McFarland, project director for Community Resource Support. Stephanie Casanova,, 8 Dec. 2021 See More

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Word History


Noun and Verb

Middle English band, bond — more at band


Middle English bonde, from bonde customary tenant, from Old English bōnda householder, from Old Norse bōndi

First Known Use


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1700, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bond was in the 12th century

Dictionary Entries Near bond

Cite this Entry

“Bond.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 noun
: something that binds
: a material or device for binding
: a means by which atoms, ions, or groups of atoms are held together in a molecule or crystal
: a uniting or binding force or influence : tie
the bonds of friendship
: a pledge to do an act or pay a sum on or before a set date or forfeit a sum if the pledge is not fulfilled
: a certificate promising payment of a certain sum on or before a stated day and issued by a government or corporation as an evidence of debt
: a binding or connection made by overlapping parts of a structure (as in laying brick)


2 of 2 verb
: to protect or secure by or operate under a bond
: to hold together or make solid by or as if by a bond
: to form a close relationship especially through frequent togetherness
the new mother bonded with her child
bondable adjective
bonder noun

Medical Definition


: an attractive force that holds together atoms, ions, or groups of atoms in a molecule or crystal
usually represented in formulas by a line
bond verb

Legal Definition


1 of 2 noun
: a usually formal written agreement by which a person undertakes to perform a certain act (as appear in court or fulfill the obligations of a contract) or abstain from performing an act (as committing a crime) with the condition that failure to perform or abstain will obligate the person or often a surety to pay a sum of money or will result in the forfeiture of money put up by the person or surety
also : the money put up

Note: The purpose of a bond is to provide an incentive for the fulfillment of an obligation. It also provides reassurance that the obligation will be fulfilled and that compensation is available if it is not fulfilled. In most cases a surety is involved, and the bond makes the surety responsible for the consequences of the obligated person's behavior. Some bonds, such as fidelity bonds, function as insurance agreements, in which the surety promises to pay for financial loss caused by the bad behavior of an obligated person or by some contingency over which the person may have no control.

appeal bond
: a cost bond required by a rule of procedure to be given by an appellant in order to cover the costs of an appeal
appearance bond
: an often unsecured bond given by a defendant in a criminal trial to guarantee the defendant's appearance in court as scheduled
attachment bond
: a bond given by a plaintiff seeking to attach the defendant's property that ensures payment to the defendant of any damages suffered because of the attachment in the event the plaintiff loses the suit
: a bond given by a defendant in order to have an attachment released that ensures payment of a judgment awarded to the plaintiff
bail bond
: a bond given by a criminal defendant or by his or her surety to ensure compliance with the terms of bail and especially with the requirement that the defendant appear in court as scheduled
bid bond
: a surety bond often required of contractors bidding on construction work to ensure that the successful bidder will accept the job and will also provide a performance bond
blanket bond
: a fidelity bond covering all persons or all of a category of persons employed (as by a bank) or holding office (as of a trustee in bankruptcy)
completion bond
: performance bond in this entry
contract bond
: a bond given to protect a person or business entity against loss caused by a breach of a contract (as for building, construction, or supply)
cost bond
: a bond given by a plaintiff to ensure payment of court costs
depository bond
: a bond given by a bank often for deposits from state or municipal governments that covers the amount of the deposit in the event of the bank's insolvency
fidelity bond
: a bond or other form of contract to cover an employer or government entity against financial loss due to the dishonesty of an employee or other trusted person
injunction bond
: a bond required to be given by the applicant for an injunction to cover costs and damages incurred by a party found to have been wrongfully enjoined
judicial bond
: a bond (as an appeal bond or bail bond) required to be given in a court proceeding
license bond
: a surety bond required by law or as a condition to the conduct of a specific business or profession

called also permit bond

payment bond
: a surety bond that covers payment to certain parties (as suppliers) in the event that a contractor breaches a construction contract
peace bond
: a bond required to be given by a defendant to ensure good behavior and discourage breaches of the peace
penal bond
: a bond that ensures payment of a stipulated sum in the event of a party's nonperformance and that is often required for government contracts
performance bond
: a surety bond that ensures a property owner (as a developer or municipality) of the completion of a construction contract or payment of actual damages to the extent of the bond in the event that the contractor fails to complete it

called also completion bond

permit bond
: license bond in this entry
personal bond
: a criminal defendant's unsecured promise to appear in court as scheduled after release from custody
replevin bond
: a bond given by a plaintiff in a replevin action to cover losses to the defendant or court officer seizing the property in the defendant's possession and transferring it to the plaintiff in the event that the plaintiff loses the case
supersedeas bond
: a bond given by an appellant in order to obtain a stay of the judgment awarded at trial and for the purpose of ensuring that if the appellant loses the appeal the appellee will be paid the judgment plus any damages incident to the delay caused by the appeal
surety bond
: a bond in which a surety agrees to assume responsibility for the performance of an obligation of another in the event of a default
: one who acts as a surety
: an interest-bearing document giving evidence of a debt issued by a government body or corporation that is sometimes secured by a lien on property and is often designed to take care of a particular financial need see also collateralized mortgage obligation
accrual bond
: a bond that is usually the last tranche of a collateralized mortgage obligation and from which no payments of principal or interest are made until the earlier tranches are paid in full

called also Z-bond

adjustment bond
: a bond that is issued in settlement of a prior obligation as part of a business reorganization and on which interest payments are usually contingent upon earnings
baby bond
: a bond having a face value of usually $500 or less
bearer bond
: a fully negotiable bond payable to its bearer compare registered bond in this entry
book-entry bond
: a bond whose ownership is recorded by computer but for which no certificate is issued
convertible bond
: a bond that may be exchanged for another type of security (as common stock) at prearranged terms
coupon bond
: a bearer bond that has coupons that must be cut off and presented for payment of interest
debenture bond
: a bond backed by the general credit of the issuer rather than by a specific lien on particular assets : debenture
discount bond
: a bond with a market value lower than its face value
flower bond
: a Treasury bond that may be redeemed at face value before maturity if used in settling federal estate taxes
guaranteed bond
: a bond on which payment of interest or principal or both is guaranteed by a corporation other than the issuer
income bond
: a bond that pays interest at a rate based on the issuer's earnings
junk bond
: a high-risk bond that offers a high yield and is often issued to finance the takeover of a company
mortgage bond
: a bond secured by a mortgage on property compare debenture
municipal bond
: a bond issued by a municipality to fund the expenses of running the government or of specific programs or projects
registered bond
: a bond registered in the name of the holder on the books of the company and issued with the name of the holder written on the bond certificate compare bearer bond in this entry
revenue bond
: a bond issued by a public agency authorized to build, acquire, or improve a revenue-producing property (as a toll road) and payable solely out of the revenue derived from such property
savings bond
: a nontransferable registered bond issued by the U.S. government in denominations of $50 to $10,000
serial bond
: one of a series of bonds maturing periodically rather than on a single maturity date
Treasury bond
: a long-term government bond issued by or under the authority of the U.S. Treasury compare Treasury bill at bill, Treasury note at note
zero-coupon bond
: a bond that is sold at a price significantly below face value, pays no annual interest, and is redeemable at full value at maturity compare strip


2 of 2 transitive verb
: to convert into a debt secured by bonds
: to provide a bond for
bond an employee

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