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noun bond pronunciation in British English /bɒnd/
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  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.
  3. 4
    [countable] literary a serious promise that you make to someone
  4. 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.
  5. 6
    [countable] chemistry a force that holds atoms or ions together in a molecule
    Carbon atoms can form bonds with nitrogen and oxygen atoms.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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