bound - definition and synonyms

adjective [not usually before noun] 

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  1. 1
    something that is bound to happen will almost certainly happen
    bound to:

    If you have problems at home, it’s bound to affect your work.

    The kids are out late, so of course she’s bound to worry.

    Knowing Jim, he’s bound to be late.

    She’s bound to find out sooner or later.

  2. 2
    having an obligation to do something because of a law, promise etc

    By signing the contract you agree to be bound by its terms.

    be bound by something to do something:

    If her patient threatens to kill someone, she is bound by law to inform the police.

    1. a.
      feeling that you should do something because you are expected to, or because it is morally right, even if you do not really want to do it
      be/feel bound to do something:

      We felt bound to tell her that her son had been taking drugs.

      duty/honour bound:

      journalists who feel honour bound to protect their sources of information

  3. 3
    a bound book has a leather, cloth, or paper cover

    a bound volume of the whole trilogy

    bound in:

    an old book of poems, bound in dark leather