bond·ing | \ˈbän-diŋ \

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


adherence, adhesion, cling



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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

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One of her clients spent more than $100,000 with other firms over a 15-year period on attorneys, bonding and fees. Aaron Randle And Kelsey Ryan, kansascity, "Black KC drivers get more tickets than whites. Race is only part of the problem | The Kansas City Star," 20 May 2018 Potter encouraged his side to embrace the culture of their newfound environment, organising theatre, signing, dance and reading workshops in an attempt to improve team bonding and morale, as well as their 'decision making and bravery'., "How Graham Potter Orchestrated the Rise of Arsenal's Europa League Foes Östersunds FK," 14 Feb. 2018 Todd Fisher, one of the owners of Gods & Monsters, said that games like D&D can be especially beneficial for family bonding. Patrick Connolly,, "Here are 6 Orlando-based Father's Day gift ideas," 14 June 2018 The ordinance calls for bonding for the project for up to a 22-year term at approximate $1.2 million a year. Carrie Napoleon, Post-Tribune, "Highland voters to decide on Lincoln Center expansion," 13 June 2018 Saban pulled a group of players together Friday afternoon for some team bonding that included boating at a nearby lake, jet skiing, tubing and lounging in the sun. Casey L Moore, USA TODAY, "Nick Saban and Alabama players gets stranded on lake when boat runs out of gas," 1 June 2018 Structured meal times are not just a time for family bonding. Susan A. Gutierrez, M.d., miamiherald, "Tips for talking to your teen about body image, weight loss and healthy eating | Miami Herald," 22 May 2018 Karp became famous for what were then unconventional methods for bonding with infants. Ruth Margalit, New York Times, "How Harvey Karp Turned Baby Sleep Into Big Business," 18 Apr. 2018 So much of the fun and the opportunity for bonding was facing the challenges, even the boredom, that travel along the highways can bring a family’s way. Donna Bulseco, WSJ, "The Great American Road Trip Goes Luxe—For Better or Worse," 12 July 2018

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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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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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