bound up

adjective

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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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 But that same general shape could also represent a traditional Polynesian hairstyle for men of high rank: long hair bound up in a topknot, called a pukao, which is what gives the hats their name. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "How does a preindustrial society put a 13-ton hat on a statue?," 5 June 2018 In Kaphar’s version, the Italian and his shipmates are literally bound up with cloth that’s been shoved into their body forms on the canvas. Alicia Ault, Smithsonian, "Two Artists in Search of Missing History," 5 Apr. 2018 Although Andover might not fit everyone's definition of a core democratic system, the school's early history was bound up with that of American democracy. Richard Mcgill Murphy, Town & Country, "How John Palfrey Is Bringing America's Most Elite Boarding School Into the Digital Age," 7 July 2015

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1611, in the meaning defined above

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