bond·​ing | \ ˈbän-diŋ How to pronounce bonding (audio) \

Definition of bonding

1 : the formation of a close relationship (as between a mother and child or between a person and an animal) especially through frequent or constant association
2 : the attaching of a material (such as porcelain) to a tooth surface especially for cosmetic purposes

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Synonyms & Antonyms for bonding



  • unsticking
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Examples of bonding in a Sentence

He and his dad spent the weekend together for some male bonding. this epoxy has good bonding for glass and ceramics
Recent Examples on the Web Documenting a mother-daughter bonding activity on Friday, Paltrow posted a photograph of the pair posing together while dressed for an at-home workout in matching fitness attire. Maria Pasquini,, "Gwyneth Paltrow and Daughter Apple, 16, Twin in Sports Bras and Leggings During Workout Session," 31 July 2020 These young guys have nothing to lose and everything to gain from a basketball and bonding standpoint. Duane Rankin, The Arizona Republic, "With playoffs a longshot, Suns can build for future in NBA restart," 31 July 2020 You were supposed to have year of bonding, traveling, and making new memories. Love, "He still wants to get married next year," 28 July 2020 These byproducts have varying characteristics—some have negative charges, others positive/ Organic matter also helps with the process of chelation, which is a type of bonding of ions and molecules to metal ions. Tony Hansen, Outdoor Life, "Why You Need a Soil Test Before Planting Your Next Food Plot," 3 Sep. 2019 Despite recent successes with remote work, employers are reopening offices to some of their employees to encourage social bonding, reinforce culture, and increase business collaboration. Sid Sijbrandij, Wired, "Hybrid Remote Work Offers the Worst of Both Worlds," 12 July 2020 McMillan wants to plan team dinners and bonding activities, but isn’t certain if that will be allowed under social distancing requirements. Ethan Sears, The Indianapolis Star, "Like everyone else, the Pacers need to get back in shape before restart," 2 July 2020 Rightfully, his testimony garnered an applause from the other men, who shared their own stories about grooming and bonding experiences associated with it. Shalwah Evans, Essence, "Doug E. Fresh Drops A Word On The Importance Of Grooming," 25 June 2020 The local connection has made the bonding process go faster. David Hinojosa,, "Flying Chanclas’ Texas Collegiate League roster has local flavor," 25 June 2020

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First Known Use of bonding

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of bonding was in 1969

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7 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bonding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bonding

: the process of forming a close relationship with someone



Medical Definition of bonding

1 : the formation of a close relationship (as between a mother and child or between a person and an animal) especially through frequent or constant association — see male bonding
2 : a dental technique in which a material and especially plastic or porcelain is attached to a tooth surface to correct minor defects (as chipped or discolored teeth) especially for cosmetic purposes

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