bound Definition

  • 1tied or obliged to do something, especially by law or duty
  • 2certain or extremely likely to happen
  • 3a leaping movement upward

Using bound: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "bound" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I am bound by the terms of my contract.

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    The package is bound for New York.

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    It's bound to rain later today.

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    The deer bounded across the field.

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    She bounded up the stairs.

bound Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with bound

  • completely involved or absorbed in something


    He was so bound up in his work that he forgot to eat.

  • fully committed to achieving a goal or objective


    She was bound and determined to finish the marathon, no matter how long it took.

  • bounds of decency

    the limits of socially acceptable behavior


    His behavior was beyond the bounds of decency and he was asked to leave the party.

Origins of bound

from Old English 'bindan', meaning 'to tie'


Summary: bound in Brief

The term 'bound' [baʊnd] can be used as an adjective, adverb, noun, or verb. It means tied or obliged to do something, certain or extremely likely to happen, or a leaping movement upward. Examples include 'I am bound by the terms of my contract,' 'It's bound to rain later today,' and 'The deer bounded across the field.' Phrases like 'bound up in something' and 'bound and determined' denote complete involvement and commitment, respectively.

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