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 Laughter is thought to have evolved as a form of social bonding in animals and as a way to express playful intention. Katie Hunt, CNN, 1 July 2021 The family, due to the pandemic and the changed fortunes of the Warriors, has now had consecutive summers of bonding. Ann Killion, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 June 2021 The bond package also might need to stand by itself, since the GOP has raised questions about both the affordability of urban bonding, and about oversight of the funding. Mark Pazniokas,, 7 June 2021 There are many wonderful, alcohol-free means of bonding. Kate Julian, The Atlantic, 1 June 2021 Claire Forbes recently enjoyed a day in the park with her daughter and granddaughter, a picture of generational bonding. Jean Hopfensperger, Star Tribune, 22 May 2021 Even something as simple as a well-planned, engaging all company summit can put a year’s worth of connectivity into a few short days of bonding and learning. Robert Glazer, Forbes, 11 May 2021 Even when the content of gossip is dull and disconnected from your day-to-day obligations, gossiping remains a source of bonding, which everyone craves at a biological level. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, 10 May 2021 Grooming, a more active form of bonding, serves as a valuable social currency for rhesus macaques. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, 8 Apr. 2021

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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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27 Jul 2021

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“Bonding.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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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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