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noun British English pronunciation: bond /bɒnd/ 
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singularbond
pluralbonds
 
  1. 1
    [countable] something that gives people or groups a reason to love one another or feel they have a duty to one another
    bond between:

    The experience formed a close bond between us.

    bond with:

    We will work to strengthen our bonds with neighbouring countries.

    a common bond:

    These women all lead very different lives, but they share a common bond.

  2. 2
    [countable] business a document given to someone who invests money in a government or company, promising to pay back the money with interest
    a government/Treasury bond:

    Government bonds are usually a safe investment.

    a bond issue (=an offer to sell bonds):

    The company raised money through a bond issue.

    See also  junk bond, premium bond
  3. 5
    [countable] [usually singular] the way that two surfaces are stuck together, usually with glue
    bond between:

    The surfaces must be clean to ensure a good bond between the floor and the tiles.

  4. 6
    [countable] chemistry a force that holds atoms or ions together in a molecule

    Carbon atoms can form bonds with nitrogen and oxygen atoms.

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