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verb bond pronunciation in American English /bɑnd/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebonding
past tensebonded
past participlebonded
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  1. 1
    [intransitive] to develop feelings of love, friendship, or duty toward other people, or to make someone develop these feelings

    The two new recruits seemed to bond immediately.

    bond together:

    The team has bonded together well.

    bond with:

    He never felt like he bonded with any of the other students.

    1. a.
      to develop the strong and special feeling of love that it is considered normal for a mother and her baby to have for each other

      The mother and baby are left together after the birth so that they can start to bond.

  2. 2
    [intransitive/transitive] to attach two things firmly together, usually with glue, or to become attached in this way
    bond together:

    The fibers bond together and form a thin sheet.

    bond something to something:

    This product bonds fabric to any surface.



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