duty bound

Definition of duty bound

:having as one's duty :obligated
  • He was duty bound to help.

Word by Word Definitions

duty play
  1. : conduct due to parents and superiors : respect

  2. : obligatory tasks, conduct, service, or functions that arise from one's position (as in life or in a group)

  3. : assigned service or business

  1. : done as a duty

  2. : being on duty : assigned to specified tasks or functions

bound play
  1. : ready

  2. : intending to go : going

  1. : a limiting line : boundary

  2. : something that limits or restrains

  3. : borderland

  1. : past tense and past participle of bind

  1. : to set limits to : confine

  2. : to form a separating line or the boundary of : enclose

  3. : to name the boundaries of

  1. : placed under legal or moral restraint or obligation : obliged

  2. : fastened by or as if by a band : confined

  3. : very likely : sure

  1. : leap, jump

  2. : the action of rebounding : bounce

  1. : to move by leaping

  2. : rebound, bounce


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