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verb bind pronunciation in American English /baɪnd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebinding
past tensebound
past participlebound
  1. 1
    [transitive] to tie someones hands or feet together so they cannot move
    bind someone/something with something: They bound his hands with a rope.
    be bound and gagged (=to be tied up and have a cloth tied around your mouth): He was found bound and gagged in the trunk of a car.
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    1. a.



      bind up

      to wind a length of cloth, ribbon, etc. around something several times
      Bind the wound up and leave it.
      bind something with something: His bare feet were bound with strips of rag.
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    2. b.
      to tie a number of things together
      bind something together: The papers were loosely bound together with string.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to make two people or groups feel as if they are connected to each other in a very close way
    bind someone together: The troubles they had shared bound them much closer together.
  3. 3
    [transitive] [often passive] to limit what someone is allowed to do by making them obey a rule or agreement
    bind someone to do something: The treaty binds each country to reduce pollution levels.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to fasten the pages of a book together and put a cover on it
    a beautifully bound journal
  5. 5
    [intransitive/transitive] if two substances bind, or if you bind two substances, they stick or mix together and become one substance
    Add in a little milk to bind the mixture.


… a feeling of pleasure you get from spending time doing what you want and not worrying about what other people are doing or saying

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