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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If those puffy eyes aren't the result of your baby’s sleepless nights but your own vivid and often violent dreams of your child that make a full-night's rest impossible, take solace: These nightmares could be signs of healthy bonding. Merritt Watts, Glamour, "New Mom Nightmares: The Common Postpartum Symptom Nobody Talks About," 13 Sep. 2018 Language games like Pig Latin can be a form of group bonding. Mark Peters,, "Pig Latin is alive and ellway," 11 Mar. 2018 For them, Black Friday is a tradition, a bonding experience, and a sport. Rachel Sugar, Vox, "Don’t get the allure of Black Friday? A mother-daughter shopping duo explains," 21 Nov. 2018 The new mother of five, 40, shared the adorable bonding moments between her girls and 17-day-old baby Crew in two videos posted on her Instagram Story Saturday. Karen Mizoguchi,, "Joanna Gaines Shares Sweet Videos of Her Daughters 'Taking Turns' Cradling Their Baby Brother Crew," 8 July 2018 The intimate father-daughter bonding moment was captured in photos that went viral. Caitlyn Richard, Fox News, "Dad 'breastfeeds' baby after mom suffers delivery complications," 3 July 2018 The drugs and the pain and the recovery time also interfere with that crucial mother-child bonding time. Hannah Sparling,, "We have always been mothers. But C-sections are changing how that is happening.," 10 May 2018 Between his bonding moment with Miguel and Beth at Kevin’s rehab facility, and the revelation of his insecurities in last week’s Vegas episode, my Burning Hatred has now been downgraded to Moderate Dislike With A Side of Suspicion. Emma Dibdin, Cosmopolitan, "Is Kate Going to Leave Toby at the Altar in the This Is Us Finale?," 7 Mar. 2018 With a young and inexperienced team heading into this season, the UConn players understand the importance of bonding in their downtime. Kelli Stacy,, "UConn Women's Basketball Bonding Over The Summer And Building Chemistry," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of bonding

1969, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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