bind - definition and synonyms


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present tense
present participlebinding
past tensebound
past participlebound
  1. 1
    [transitive] to tie someone’s 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 round your mouth):

    He was found bound and gagged in the boot of a car.

    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.

    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
  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.

  6. 6
    [transitive] to decorate something or make it stronger by fastening a long piece of cloth along or round the edges

phrasal verbs