bound up


Definition of bound up

: closely involved or associated usually used with with his life was bound up with the town's history

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This includes things like a weakening of the ocean’s ability to soak up CO2 from the atmosphere, global plant growth lowered by warming in the tropics, and a reduction of the amount of carbon bound up in soils. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "The economic impacts of climate change could limit climate change," 19 Dec. 2018 In the longer run, the fate of the tax law will be bound up in the country’s next political debate, the 2020 presidential and congressional elections. Richard Rubin, WSJ, "WSJ Tax Guide 2019: The Political Implications of the Tax Overhaul," 15 Feb. 2019 Squatting in loose sweatpants that can’t move with you and bind up in your hip creases or restrict your butt can actually be more uncomfortable than squatting in a pair of stretchy leggings. Casey Johnston, SELF, "Ask a Swole Woman: What Are the Best Pants for Lifting Weights?," 13 Dec. 2018 Unlike his sister, the art historian Diana Widmaier Picasso, Olivier’s appreciation for art is bound up in valuations and licensing agreements—the monetization of it all, in other words. Marley Marius, Vogue, "On the Heels of an $88 Million Picasso Sale, Olivier Widmaier Picasso Talks Art, Life, and His Very Famous Grandfather," 12 Nov. 2018 Guizhou’s allure is bound up in these scenes that seem anachronistic, resembling a Chinese ink painting or something out of The Good Earth. Zandie Brockett, Condé Nast Traveler, "China's Southern Guizhou Region Is Like a Land Lost in Time," 24 Aug. 2018 These questions are increasingly bound up in other kinds of identities, like religion and urban-versus-rural, with partisan identity serving as a kind of cultural catchall. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The strange argument that Democrats actually lost the midterms, debunked," 9 Nov. 2018 Music is more complicated, though, because it is fundamentally bound up with numbers. Paul Grimstad, The New Republic, "Can You Measure How Good a Song Is?," 21 June 2018 Holmes, though, said lingering white supremacy is bound up in all of Mississippi’s problems. Washington Post, "Protesters burn Mississippi flag, say it symbolizes racism," 18 June 2018

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1611, in the meaning defined above

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