Definition of bind in US English:



[with object]
  • 1Tie or fasten (something) tightly.

    ‘floating bundles of logs bound together with ropes’
    ‘the magician bound her wrists with a silk scarf’
    • ‘My hands and ankles were bound together by coarse rope so there was no way I could run.’
    • ‘Prometheus is bound in writhing shackles that reach up and clasp his arms.’
    • ‘Even then, we pressed the outer limits of what in fact could be bound without falling apart, or even what students could carry.’
    • ‘The next morning the young girl is gone, but she has left a bound bundle of sticks in her place; she is returning home.’
    • ‘Within a few seconds, its forelegs were bound together tightly, and its tail was fastened to its hind legs.’
    • ‘Those eyes locked instantly on his own and both of them felt a strange pull towards each other, a connection that was subtle and yet firm, something like being bound with silk.’
    • ‘His wrists were bound together and were resting on his stomach.’
    • ‘It was a sword that was bound in chains to a chunk of limestone.’
    • ‘Her feet were covered with sandal clad tabi and her arms were adorned with long white zouri that were bound at the elbow by a red ribbon.’
    • ‘For Greene, as for many Vatican II Catholics, theology, politics, and economics were tightly bound together.’
    • ‘After the corpse has been washed and dressed, its hands and feet are bound together to stop them inadvertently springing apart.’
    • ‘It is bound together by kinship ties of blood and especially brotherhood.’
    • ‘But the answer is to be found in the fact that the advantages and disadvantages of parenthood are inextricably bound together.’
    • ‘He pulled the bound sticks in the form of a Y from his back pocket.’
    • ‘The four steel rods were bound together at the top to form a pyramid, and the netting was draped and then wired to the rods and loosely sewn shut with string.’
    • ‘Religion and art are tightly bound together, interpenetrating each other.’
    • ‘Two hands in an attitude of prayer are bound together with twine.’
    • ‘Dominick's hands and feet were bound together by thick rope and he could not stand up or attempt to escape.’
    • ‘For Gabriella, men and money are forever bound together.’
    • ‘Pack them in your travel cover, binding them with packing tape so they won't rattle around.’
    tie, tie up, fasten, fasten together, hold together, secure, make fast, attach
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    1. 1.1 Restrain (someone) by the tying up of hands and feet.
      ‘the raider then bound and gagged Mr. Glenn’
      • ‘He was bound and gagged in the same manner as her.’
      • ‘Michael was bound, but not gagged, thankfully, and looked slightly beat up.’
      • ‘She was bound and gagged into the chair, and her eyes were wild with fright.’
      • ‘They had sat through some horrific details, hearing how the brave security guard was bound, gagged and beaten to death.’
      • ‘It was Maria and she was bound, gagged and blindfolded!’
      • ‘My friend and I were bound, gagged, and dragged onto the ship that carried us here.’
      • ‘Lionel wrenched him to his feet and cut the wires binding him.’
      • ‘He was bound and gagged with rope and tape and suspended from the roof of the van.’
      • ‘I was bound, gagged, and thrown over a horse's back.’
      • ‘When we arrived there, I felt as if I was bound and gagged.’
      • ‘She tried to scream but found that someone had gagged and bound her.’
      • ‘No chains, no ropes, no shackles bound him, not even so much as a door blocked either of the two exits.’
      • ‘It was rather weak at first, but grew so rapidly that, had he been able to do anything other then feel pain, he might have ripped himself free from the restraints that bound him.’
      • ‘Shackles bind him at the wrists and ankles, stretching his body long across the table.’
      • ‘When he awakens, he realizes that he is bound and gagged in a dark confined place.’
      • ‘Personally I'd like to see him go the whole hog - bind him, gag him and chuck him into the Thames wearing a pair of concrete boots.’
      • ‘Viewers have often wondered where the kids are bound and gagged while she whips up her divine culinary creations and who washes the mountains of dishes she leaves in her wake.’
      • ‘She was bound from head to foot, her mouth gagged.’
      • ‘Two medical personnel had just shot her mother with a tranquilizer dart and had bound her with restraining cloth.’
      • ‘His father was bound, gagged and unconscious in a chair, next to the bed.’
    2. 1.2 Wrap (something) tightly.
      ‘her hair was bound up in a towel’
      • ‘Pulling a length of gleaming silver ribbon out of her white robe with the other, she wrapped Alex's hand, binding it around the sword hilt.’
      • ‘She had black hair that was bound in a neat ponytail and was a foot taller than Joshua, which was tall for a girl.’
      • ‘But the traditional way of attaching them to the wreath ring is to bind them with one long piece of twine, wrapping it three times around the ring for each sprig.’
      • ‘In doing so he referred to the evidence of the pathologist and concluded that it was pure speculation to suggest that the deceased was bound with the bed sheet.’
      • ‘The artificial limb, in a white sock and brown flat shoe, was bound in a heavy material like canvas and ended in an ugly jointure where it was attached to the stump.’
      • ‘Two individuals had probably been bound with their legs pulled tightly into their chests, a position not commonly found on archaeological sites.’
      • ‘I walked to the library slowly, as if shambling, for my heart is bound with iron bands like the faithful servant in that old tale.’
      • ‘Her thick black hair has been bound into a single ponytail.’
      • ‘She was swathed in white, bound from head to toe in that mother of all hues, immaculate and true.’
      • ‘The long black hair bound back in a single braid secured with a strip of cloth.’
      • ‘Briskly quartered tomatoes lay on the chopping board next to a sprig of spring onions with wispy, soiled roots and fresh green stalks, bound by a blue elastic band.’
      • ‘It was a cheap, nylon carpet with a rubber back and was bound with white plastic string.’
      • ‘To prevent fluid buildup, she used bandages to bind her legs tightly, from toe to thigh, for 10 hours a day.’
      • ‘Her first letter had appeared other-worldly among the drab envelopes of the evening mail call, a grand parchment rolled like a diploma and bound in a single red ribbon.’
      • ‘Some bundles of cardboard are bound in a way that airlines can use them as ballast, an extra weight required when the plane doesn't have enough cargo or passengers.’
      • ‘I feel attached, as if our souls were bound with the same thread.’
      • ‘She raised one foot without turning, and he saw it was bound with cloth to make a sort of padded footwear.’
      • ‘Her flaxen hair was drawn back in a single plait bound with cord.’
      • ‘Neston Church was bound in a huge banner as part of a global campaign to wrap up world poverty last week.’
      • ‘Viviane's deep red hair was bound up into a bun, although some of her hair was free anyway and very curly.’
      wrap, envelop, swaddle, bandage, bundle up, muffle up, cover, cloak, shroud, drape, wind, enfold, bedeck, overlay, encase, sheathe
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    3. 1.3 Bandage (a wound)
      ‘he cleaned the wound and bound it up with a clean dressing’
      ‘she had bound his wounds with a poultice of herbs’
      • ‘Gail seems to have tried to bind up the wound with strip of material or something but was too much in agony to take off her t-shirt first.’
      • ‘Soon, she had cleaned the wounds, and bound them with bandages.’
      • ‘Soon she was applying the medicine and ripping off more of her dress to bind the more nasty slashes.’
      • ‘At the same time, compress the area with an elastic bandage without binding it too tightly (you should be able to slide your finger under the bandage).’
      • ‘She noticed that she was wearing what appeared to be a long, white dress, and her arm was bound up tightly and placed in a sling.’
      • ‘A passing taxi driver saw him, stopped to bind his wounds with bandages from his first aid kit, thus saving his life, and called an ambulance.’
      • ‘The remains of his shirt had been removed to get at the wound, which was thickly bound in white bandages.’
      • ‘They described how to treat fractures, they would use splints bound with bandages.’
      • ‘He is always ready to bind up our wounds and strengthen us.’
      • ‘The stock tie and pin worn are useful to bind up wounds on the trail.’
      • ‘As a Blue Hawk, she was the best medic available, and with neat motions she tore her tunic into bandages and bound the wounded limbs tightly to staunch the bleeding.’
      • ‘Our congregations will offer their practical and pastoral resources to bind up the wounds of the nation.’
      • ‘It was better than keeping it bound in bandages.’
      • ‘After getting her wounds bound, Razi led Asher and Iola to the dungeons to inform Daniel and his crew of the victory.’
      • ‘The Samaritan provided for the care of the injured man by digging into his own pockets to pay the price for his care. He bound up his wounds and poured oil on him.’
      • ‘He dealt with that first, smearing salve over the bandage with which he bound the wound, and then attended to the many bruises.’
      • ‘All of them needed their cuts disinfecting, some needed deep wounds cleaning and binding and some were just beyond my comprehension and ability to treat.’
      • ‘She finally grabbed a piece of cloth and tightly bound up the cut.’
      • ‘Uttering a muttered curse, I yank off my shirt and rip it into strips, which I bind tightly over the wounds.’
      • ‘He staggered to his home where his family bound up the wound with rags.’
      • ‘She looked at her chest and noticed the bandages that bound her chest were gone.’
      bandage, dress, cover, wrap, swathe, swaddle
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    4. 1.4be bound with (of an object) be encircled by something, typically metal bands, in order to strengthen it.
      ‘an ancient oak chest bound with brass braces’
      • ‘It is less tapered than earlier Boston tankards and is visually bound by applied ridged hoops.’
      • ‘The protruding scimitar handle was bound with some kind of dark twine with a dark stone mounted on the pommel, set in silver.’
      • ‘The metal doors were bound with lock and chain but they were also partially unhinged from the wall.’
      • ‘Built on a solid concrete foundation, the house is bound together with vertical and horizontal steel rods.’
      • ‘The handle and hilt were bound with thick black material.’
      • ‘Also, they were bound with several bands of intricately carved bronze.’
  • 2Cohere or cause to cohere in a single mass.

    with object ‘mix the flour with the coconut and enough egg white to bind them’
    no object ‘clay is made up chiefly of tiny soil particles that bind together tightly’
    • ‘Mix in the chopped spinach and spicy mushroom mix, then bind together with the egg white.’
    • ‘The salad was bound with pomegranate molasses, avocado oil, and a platoon of toasted pecans, and the trout turned out to be pinkish and meaty, like salmon, with a light, freshwater taste.’
    • ‘Stir in the sugar and ground mastic, then rub the butter into the flour and bind with the milk.’
    • ‘You may need to use a little bit of cold water to get it to bind together.’
    • ‘The body of the dish is pure cocoa bound only with egg white.’
    • ‘For example, EPIC calculates the amount of phosphorus and organic nitrogen that binds with the soil and is lost off the fields through erosion.’
    • ‘The roots of the cover crop bind the soil and resist the flowing water.’
    • ‘In such areas, herbicide binds loosely to soil particles, meaning less chemical can be used.’
    • ‘Set aside to cool, then stir in the egg whites to bind together.’
    • ‘Organic matter tends to bind up some soil pesticides, reducing their effectiveness.’
    • ‘Stir in enough milk to bind and knead the dough until it is soft and smooth.’
    • ‘Stir in the parmesan and bind with a little cold water to form a dough.’
    • ‘Beat the egg and add gradually through the feeder tube, then add enough oil to bind - about 1 tbsp.’
    • ‘The meat will bind itself when it is mixed with the rest of the ingredients.’
    • ‘Sift the icing sugar and stir into the flour, then bind together with egg yolk and milk.’
    • ‘Nearing says the powdered tracers bind well to the gravelly, sandy-loam soils typical of the Southwest's rugged rangelands.’
    • ‘Soya is used to ‘bulk out’ and bind many processed foods, such as sausages, lasagne, beefburgers and chicken nuggets and it allows food firms to claim a higher protein content on the label.’
    • ‘Only dense grass cover would bind soil effectively and give effective protection against raindrop impact and thus effective protection against erosion.’
    • ‘Combine ingredients in a bowl, bind together with an egg; take a large spoonful of mixture, roll it in a ball, flatten it & then coat with breadcrumbs.’
    stick, cohere
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    1. 2.1 Cause (painting pigments) to form a smooth medium by mixing them with oil.
      ‘use a white that is bound in linseed oil’
      • ‘The label did not modify the spectral properties of the bound pigments and was probably reacting with residues exposed at the hydrophilic surfaces.’
      • ‘Flesh paint contained egg tempera alone as medium, whilst a dark green glaze (confirmed as ‘copper resinate’) was bound in drying oil.’
      • ‘In its broadest sense this term denotes painting done in pigments bound with a medium (generally gum arabic) which is soluble in water.’
      • ‘However, the steady-state equilibrium between bound and free pigment was largely in favor of the free form.’
      • ‘The same applies to bones, to cloth and paper and animal fat used to bind pigments in cave paintings.’
      • ‘PsbS provides an essential function in plant photoprotection, with only minimal pigment binding.’
    2. 2.2 Hold by chemical bonding.
      ‘a protein in a form that can bind DNA’
      • ‘In contrast to most previously proposed models, chloride must not be bound for GABA translocation to occur.’
      • ‘Since both domains of riboflavin synthase can bind ligand molecules, one would expect to observe separate sets of signals for ligands bound to each respective domain.’
      • ‘The new study is the first demonstration that binding a chemical to only CB2 receptors has an analgesic effect, Fink says.’
      • ‘Extensive research has focused on the effect of protein binding on DNA.’
      • ‘The chemical is bound directly to the fabric and said to remain effective through 25 washings.’
      • ‘So far we have assumed that a myosin head can bind anywhere on the actin filament with equal probability.’
      • ‘Surprisingly, the dye molecules seem to be bound predominantly to the outer surface of the lipid bilayer.’
      • ‘Protein DNA binding involves a diverse range of noncovalent associations and solvent contributions.’
      • ‘The proteins are assumed to be bound over the course of the simulation.’
      • ‘The dye can therefore be considered as being mostly bound with membrane structures and only partly with proteins within cells.’
      • ‘The restriction enzyme bound on DNA at the first site binds its second site to a remote DNA sequence and then dissociates from the first one.’
      • ‘These results are in keeping with our analysis of the polymerase and DNA binding assay for this mutant.’
      • ‘Legume lectins are a group of oligomeric proteins that bind carbohydrates reversibly and specifically.’
      • ‘On the other hand, myosin containing LC3 binds only through the heavy chain.’
      • ‘ABL is a member of a group of proteins, which bind the Thomsen-Friedenreich antigen selectively and with high affinity.’
      • ‘In bread applications, whey proteins that are chemically bound and interacting with starch could reduce the extent of staling during bread storage.’
      • ‘The vitamin is then bound by intrinsic factor, a protein secreted by parietal cells of the stomach, and carried to the ileum where it is absorbed.’
      • ‘That is, the protein releases a number of protons when binding the positively charged peptide.’
      • ‘It is a result of the interplay of the DNA binding and protein degradation kinetics.’
      • ‘Processivity is defined as the number of deoxyribonucleotides incorporated each time a DNA polymerase binds its template-primer.’
    3. 2.3bind tono object Combine with (a substance) through chemical bonding.
      ‘these proteins have been reported to bind to calmodulin’
      • ‘This enabled us to probe the ability of the protein to bind to different phospholipid molecules.’
      • ‘Tropomyosin binds to actin by occupying seven consecutive monomers.’
      • ‘This is due to an affinity to bind to DNA bases, particularly pyrimidine bases.’
      • ‘Lectins are carbohydrate-binding proteins which potentially bind to cell surface glycoconjugates.’
      • ‘Some steroid hormones, such as glucocorticoids, bind to a cytoplasmic receptor protein that is then translocated into the nucleus.’
      • ‘How can one explain the action of proteins that bind to the DNA far away from their point of action?’
      • ‘The cation binding has been explained in terms of specific chemical binding to these negatively charged groups.’
      • ‘Recent studies have shown that oestrogen metabolites can bind to DNA and trigger damage.’
      • ‘We used several methods to change the strength of the histone binding to DNA.’
      • ‘It also binds to retinol-binding protein that in turn associates with vitamin A.’
      • ‘An extreme example is the fact that the enzyme can bind to membrane carbohydrates and protein receptors.’
      • ‘Being a lipophillic compound, it can inhibit or bind to several regulatory enzymes and proteins.’
      • ‘This is much lower than the typical cooperativity parameters reported for protein binding to DNA.’
      • ‘It has been reported that lanthanides are able to bind to DNA, RNA and nucleotides in vitro.’
      • ‘The RNA polymerase binds to DNA with the help of other proteins called transcription factors.’
      • ‘The skeleton is anchored to the bilayer via binding to integral proteins.’
      • ‘Plasminogen binds to both fibrinogen and fibrin, thereby being incorporated into a clot as it is formed.’
      • ‘Capture antibodies that revealed binding to non-cognate antigens were removed or replaced with suitable alternatives.’
      • ‘Within cells both retinol and retinoic acid bind to specific receptor proteins.’
      • ‘However, none of the above chromatin remodelling factors binds to specific DNA sequences.’
  • 3Cause (people) to feel united.

    ‘the comradeship that had bound such a disparate bunch of young men together’
    • ‘Speechless and inarticulate, they are bound together forever in their sense of loss and love for a young woman, whom they never really knew nor understood.’
    • ‘They are bound together by a vow their hearts did cast’
    • ‘The group is bound together and linked with three generations of ancestors through a ceremony called Shraddha.’
    • ‘After all, one cannot bind together Europe's diversity in any meaningful way if one ignores the one thing that has enriched the continent for 2,000 years.’
    • ‘This is why we must bind together to overcome them, as we pursue happiness, seek to improve our lives, and develop the ideal society of which we are capable.’
    • ‘We empathise and share in your pain, but we know the mettle you are made of, and we are sure you will bind together and be a force to be reckoned with in Panorama 2006 and beyond.’
    • ‘The desire to share information with others in the framing industry binds those who join guilds and clubs.’
    • ‘This is a time for communities to bind together.’
    • ‘Not at all, it will help explain the contemporary military ethos: Alexander's Companions were bound together by ties of blood and courage honed in the heat of battle.’
    • ‘Our nations are bound together by history, culture, language and genealogy.’
    • ‘I agree with those who underscore the complementarity of both interests and values that increasingly bind the United States and India.’
    • ‘For the community the tragedy raises questions and in search of answers the community will have to be strong and bind together to build on the strong sense of community that exists in the town.’
    • ‘The groundbreaking project is aimed at identifying the movers and shakers who bind together the community and ensure important projects are carried forward.’
    • ‘The two communities are bound together in a powerful and in Duelke's account ambivalent relationship.’
    • ‘I heard somewhere that if two people see a falling star at the same time they are bound together for life.’
    • ‘However, the ties which bind the United States and Turkey together as important allies remain.’
    • ‘This points to a siege mentality as the Aberdeen chief executive is trying to suggest that his club are bound together by adversity and will see off detractors.’
    • ‘Our lives were bound together now, despite the freedom he had wanted for us both.’
    • ‘Our two countries are bound together historically by common values and experience.’
    • ‘They are bound together by a joy of playing and a sense of decency.’
    unite, join, bond, knit together, draw together, yoke together
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    1. 3.1bind someone to Cause someone to feel strongly attached to (a person or place)
      ‘loosened the ties that had bound him to the university’
      • ‘What if the practical experience of the Scottish parliament does quite the reverse: strengthens the ties that bind Scotland to the Union?’
      • ‘The ultimate result of this transmigration from one body to the next is that we have tied one more knot in the rope of attachment which binds us to this material world.’
      • ‘The length of the filmmaker's relationship to his documentary subjects permits the film to illuminate the social and political complexity of the Korean national trauma through individual lives and the ties that bind them to others.’
      • ‘Ultimately, it is her sense of place that crowns her book - her ability to summon up the African vistas that bound Finch Hatton to the continent.’
      • ‘The ties binding them to their homeland exist only to be cut.’
      • ‘The ties that bind Martin O'Neill to Celtic may have been, in reality, loosened by the Irishman's decision to sign only a 12-month rolling contract with the club last month.’
      • ‘You are part of the greatest tradition, the greatest inheritance one generation can pass to the next, the umbilical chord that forever binds so many of us to our dads, their dads and their dads.’
      • ‘Not merely would it hit the flow of new projects, it would undermine the tax planning of existing American operations in Ireland, loosening the ties that bind them to what is, in economic terms at least, the 51st state of the union.’
      • ‘I love to write and free my mind off all the ties life binds me to.’
      • ‘With commitments to friends and work groups within the League, it's just another tie that binds me to the outside world and keeps me from retreating into a shell on the couch.’
      • ‘And our government, who we are bound to by the fact that we elected them (if we even did) does not seem to care one bit at all.’
      • ‘In many ways, then, this is a book about how a person can come to define himself as much through the cultural artefacts he absorbs in his formative years as through the people he is bound to, or bonds with, along the way.’
      • ‘In some ways you could read Cast Away as a tale of escape from the ties that bind us to systems, technologies, and other people, though the character's desperation to get home seems to tell us otherwise.’
      • ‘He had never understood what had bound Madeleine to him for so long - love was just a word to cover ignorance, he had always assumed.’
      • ‘His solution was to ‘break all ties that bind us to America’.’
      • ‘Other commonalities in law, language and economics bind England to America.’
      • ‘They are the strongest threads that bind him to the past.’
      • ‘The fields, ponds and rivers of his childhood bound Tagore to the earth and its beauty.’
      • ‘The ties that bind us to everyone else are weaker now than for a very long time, and there is little sense that society is moving forward to a better future.’
      • ‘Ties beyond trade and commerce bound Alabama to Havana.’
  • 4Impose a legal or contractual obligation on.

    ‘a party who signs a document will normally be bound by its terms’
    • ‘Now that the case is more or less settled, I no longer feel bound by legal considerations to keep silent on important details.’
    • ‘She is a landed immigrant in Canada and bound by bail terms imposed Dec. 18.’
    • ‘The answer, I submit, is that the U.S. considers itself bound by those international obligations it has undertaken.’
    • ‘After all, even if the community were not to approve its word is not legal and binding.’
    • ‘He is told that it is a regulated credit agreement and that he should sign it only if he wants to be legally bound by its terms.’
    • ‘So anybody who joined up had notice of that provision and was contractually bound by it.’
    • ‘Both objections mean that Iceland is not bound by the terms of those conventions as they apply to those species.’
    • ‘It would be a very different matter if the question was reconsidered on a purely Western European basis, in which case a text might be elaborated which would be binding in the legal sense.’
    • ‘Emerson is clearly bound by a legal lease that it can't get out of unless Yamanouchi voluntarily seeks to surrender the lease, which it has not offered to do.’
    • ‘Could a defendant sued in tort rely on an exclusion clause in the contract when sued by a person who was not a party, and therefore traditionally not bound by its terms?’
    • ‘This method was cheaper than importing additional workers that could no longer be contractually bound.’
    • ‘However, the family considered their contractual obligations binding.’
    • ‘All member States of the European Union are members of the Council of Europe and bound by the terms of the European Convention on Human Rights.’
    • ‘A petition presented by a person who is contractually bound not to present a petition will be struck out’
    • ‘She also pointed out that the legal contract is binding in the language of the country you are buying in.’
    • ‘Neither is it bound by any legal constraints since it is impersonal and can be practiced without a formal declaration of war.’
    • ‘The adjudication terms apply equally both to the contractor and employers: both are bound by the terms.’
    • ‘The Borrower also warrants that it has obtained all other necessary consents to ensure that obligations that it has assumed under the Agreement are legal, valid, binding and enforceable.’
    • ‘Most other developed nations have ratified Kyoto, however, and are bound by its terms - at least in theory.’
    • ‘Less bound by legal procedure, such a commission can more quickly document a greater number of victims of authoritarian repression than the courts.’
    1. 4.1 Indenture (someone) as an apprentice.
      ‘he was bound apprentice at the age of sixteen’
      • ‘Besides being the colour of pants worn during training and performing, red trousers symbolize the indentured servitude of children who were bound by contract and often forced to live and train at these schools.’
      • ‘They also worked for others as apprentices, or as bound labor paying off a debt, or because they were put out to work by county officials as paupers or orphans.’
      • ‘This relationship explains why domestic slaves, even after they had been manumitted, invariably remained with their master at whose death they often bound themselves to his heir or sought the protection of another master.’
      • ‘Though the people were spared a life of slavery, many of them ultimately came to the Americas as indentured servants, bound by contract to a specific term of unfree labor.’
    2. 4.2bind oneselfformal Make a contractual or enforceable undertaking.
      ‘the government cannot bind itself as to the form of subsequent legislation’
      • ‘It is not possible to conceive of a practice whereby Government binds itself as a matter of law to consult before introducing primary legislation.’
      • ‘And yet the deciding court is free to consider cases from other courts authoritative (the court of last resort if you will), in other words, to freely bind itself.’
      • ‘One obvious issue is the nature of the duties to which a bank has contractually bound itself.’
      • ‘The European Union and Japan ratify the Kyoto protocol on climate change, binding themselves to cut greenhouse-gas emissions - by eight per cent from 1990 levels by 2008-12 in Europe, and by six per cent in Japan.’
      • ‘It is by entering into contracts that we bind ourselves to each other.’
      • ‘The parties may ‘contract to make a contract’, that is to say, they may bind themselves to execute at a future date a formal written agreement containing specific terms and conditions.’
      • ‘Those reports are a rich and intelligent source, but under the old Convention parties bound themselves only to conform to the final judgments of the Court and the decisions of the Committee of Ministers.’
      • ‘‘The original jurisdiction of the court is constituted under a national law by the ability of the participating countries to bind themselves by agreement to constitute and recognise a regional court,’ he said.’
      • ‘In my view, there is no reason that a person who does not bother to obtain a copy of all agreements to which they have agreed to be bound should be in any better position than a person who has bound themselves to the agreement and read the terms.’
      • ‘But the general rule is clear: where parties have bound themselves by an exclusive jurisdiction clause effect should ordinarily be given to that obligation in the absence of strong reasons for departing from it.’
      • ‘Well, I have no problem whatever if people want to bind themselves to a particular form of partnership voluntarily, perhaps because of their particular religious beliefs.’
      • ‘Collusion is prohibited by Article 81 of the EC Treaty, which means (among other things) that firms cannot sign legally enforceable contracts to bind themselves to collusive understandings.’
      • ‘The two parties did indeed initially bind themselves to a strict business contract, with Coutts supplying Albeniz with a large income in return for setting his poetry and opera librettos.’
      • ‘By signing the Taillories declaration, we have bound ourselves to making Environmental Programming a priority.’
      • ‘What he contractually bound himself to do was something which, if he had done it directly, without any contractual obligation, would have left the devisee or legatee vulnerable to a claim under the Act.’
      • ‘This is because in the non-statutory scheme the financial institution has bound itself in contract to accept the ombudsman's decision as final.’
      • ‘Let's really know what we are doing before bind ourselves to a huge tax increase that we cannot afford.’
      • ‘A man, though agent, may very well intend to bind himself; and he does bind himself if he contracts without restrictive words to shew that he does not do so personally.’
      • ‘These new American states bound themselves into a revolutionary alliance that worked first through the Continental Congress and then, beginning in 1781, the Articles of Confederation.’
      • ‘Under congressional dicta, an individual must meet specific criteria to be a member of the U.S. Armed Forces and binds himself, via contract, to certain obligations.’
      commit oneself, undertake, give an undertaking, pledge
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    3. 4.3be bound by Be hampered or constrained by.
      ‘Sarah did not want to be bound by a rigid timetable’
      • ‘Mr Proctor said the staff involved were bound by guidelines which meant the decision on whether to break the child's confidence would depend on assessment of their competence and whether they were in danger.’
      • ‘An author of fiction can invent people, places, and happenings, whereas a historian is bound by what the evidence will support.’
      • ‘Until then, it's brilliant that Jackson has the option to release a more indulgent cut on DVD while being bound by theatrical constraints he can do nothing about.’
      • ‘The groom's folks were bound by custom to be even more critical of her appearance and her dowry than were the neighborhood women.’
      • ‘We are not going to be bound by whether they should have decided this or that.’
      • ‘The study sees the challenge confronting rural communities' responses to this restructuring, in both the country and regional centres, being bound by two dominant ideological forces.’
      • ‘Even if of goodwill towards the others, they felt conflicting obligations, were bound by tradition to avenge insults and to assist others of their group.’
      • ‘I do not see why he should not be entitled to do so, nor why he should not be bound by that.’
      • ‘Unlike now when love is bound by how much one can offer in terms of sustenance and outings, the romance of the time was real.’
      • ‘I came to understand this is a system within which one is bound by respect - for the old people, their stories, the dead and the land.’
      • ‘Doyle said the local police station was isolated on Jones Rd and he would like it to be on the section owned by police on Tennyson St in Rolleston but said police were bound by finances.’
      • ‘But what they have in common is the desire to express themselves musically in new ways, not being bound by what they have done in the past or what the audience may expect of them.’
      • ‘The sixty people had relatives and these relatives were bound by Islamic rules of blood redemption.’
      • ‘One would hope that they'd bring the same disciplines to the process of politics that they should have in the legal profession and are bound by similar ethics.’
      • ‘The parties will be bound by and comply with any decision of the expert.’
      • ‘A specification ought to be an epitome of the ideal because it should describe what is required without being bound by what currently exists.’
      • ‘The Trotskyites, on the other hand, were bound by no such constraints.’
      • ‘Back then we were bound by a sense of self-selected minority identity, sociological martyrs united in spirit against the misguided mainstream.’
      • ‘The medieval cathedrals were bound by the necessities of load-bearing walls to be narrow, to push in as they pulled up.’
      • ‘Both lord and vassal were bound by honor to abide by the oath of loyalty.’
      constrain, restrict, confine, restrain, tie hand and foot, tie down, shackle
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    4. 4.4 Secure (a contract), typically with a sum of money.
  • 5Fix together and enclose (the pages of a book) in a cover.

    ‘a small, fat volume, bound in red morocco’
    • ‘Finally, the quires of pages are bound between two wooden covers and the spine is tied with damp leather.’
    • ‘That one had a colour cover and was properly bound etc.’
    • ‘Tatty covers can bind the most inspiring literature.’
    • ‘In his will, Michele d' Alessio stipulated that any unbound volumes should be bound, and that each book should be annotated on its flyleaf with his name as donor.’
    • ‘The sizes of the pages were inconsistent and some had clearly been damaged or written on long before being bound into the book.’
    • ‘Hard-to-find craft materials, including a three-panel nature press, are bound into the book.’
    • ‘In a year spent reading manuscripts, it was always good to get stuck into something that was bound, between covers, and somebody else's baby.’
    • ‘She handed the girl the diary she had been reading from, a small book bound in red leather that was at once very much worn and carefully preserved.’
    • ‘She explains that she's bound the pages in red because to the Cherokee the colour symbolises wisdom through wounding.’
    • ‘A blue cover with silver letters bound the AP Stylebook.’
    • ‘I signed several thousand sheets of blank paper, often drawing things on them, which were bound into books, which were only for sale through Borders.’
    • ‘The book, which is bound for the first time, features a mustard-yellow cover with artwork of an ape contemplating a baseball.’
    • ‘The pages were then passed on to the next artist who worked on them and participants didn't see their work until the finished pages were bound into books.’
    • ‘Considering the fragility of paper, this is miraculous, and probably due to many of these pages having been bound as notebooks.’
    • ‘But there is another serious problem with this book - it seems to be two different books bound together in one cover.’
    • ‘On top lay a large book, bound in red leather, the word Travels embossed on the cover.’
    • ‘You can always choose to have your pages bound into a book by professionals too.’
    • ‘The Times itself has its 14,000 word explainer that could be bound into a book.’
    • ‘Pre 19th century books were issued without covers, bound by either the bookseller or the buyer.’
  • 6Trim (the edge of a piece of material) with a decorative strip.

    ‘a ruffle with the edges bound in a contrasting color’
    • ‘She used a piece of fabric, bound by a leather strip as a top, covering the front, and exposing the black dragon tattoo on her back.’
    • ‘His shoes were strange contraptions bound in metal strips and leather ties.’
    • ‘The collar parted slightly at the top and was bound with a leather cord and the sleeves were long.’
    • ‘Each had a felt square, edges bound in leather, simple stirrups dangling - but there was nothing in the way of a girth to tie the pad onto the horse.’
    • ‘Fancier edge stitches could include binding with lycra, blanket stitch, pinking, overcast with the serger, or turning under and stitching.’
    • ‘It's a sort of oblong, flattish, wooden basket with a carrying handle, made for at least the last two centuries in the same way, using strips of split chestnut, bound in willow or hazel.’
    trim, hem, edge, border, fringe, rim, band
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  • 7Logic
    (of a quantifier) be applied to (a given variable) so that the variable falls within its scope.

    For example, in an expression of the form ‘For every x, if x is a dog, x is an animal,’ the universal quantifier is binding the variable x

    • ‘When variables are specified to belong to a particular set, we say that these variables are bound.’
    • ‘Thus, pronouns in discourse anaphora are not variables bound by their quantifier antecedents.’
    • ‘That's also my excuse for not explaining anaphora or bound variables here, either.’
    • ‘In two studies in which readers' eye movements were recorded, we examined the processing of pronouns bound by universal quantifiers.’
    • ‘The formula may contain bound variables of any level.’
  • 8Linguistics
    (of a rule or set of grammatical conditions) determine the relationship between (coreferential noun phrases).

    • ‘If this is the case, then the question of why and how a long-distance reflexive must normally be bound needs an explanation.’
    • ‘The reflexive appears in the lowest clause, yet it binds with the subject in the highest clause.’
    • ‘The answer is that they don't escape at all, but are free variables that are bound by operators outside of the island.’
    • ‘The natural language determiner binds with a noun to form a noun phrase, and the result binds with a verb phrase to form a sentence.’
    • ‘On the other hand, they may be bound by a topic in the previous discourse; that is to say, they need not necessarily be bound in their matrix sentence.’
    • ‘The antecedent VP is derived as a VP with a λ-operator and a variable bound by that λ-operator.’
    • ‘This has the consequence that where a coreferential or bound zero anaphor may occur, the use of an overt pronoun will tend to be taken to solicit disjoint reference.’


  • 1A problematical situation.

    ‘he is in a political bind over the welfare issue’
    • ‘Get-tough recommendations like this so dominate the mainstream policy debate on welfare that the binds faced by low-income workers with children receive little attention.’
    • ‘The regional forest agreements have just set this off and so it's simply that and on top of that we've had farmers now caught in various other kinds of binds, needing more water.’
    • ‘Lawson-Remer was in a bind; she didn't want them to carry out this threat, but she believed the turnout was in the 50,000 to 75,000 range.’
    • ‘That's why I sort of - you know, I was in a bind, and I cut corners.’
    • ‘But that admiration sometimes gets him in a bind.’
    • ‘This puts him in a bit of a bind because the politically-unspeakable answer here is that there are no good solutions anymore.’
    • ‘The states are plotzing right and left, caught in hideous binds - whether it is better to release dangerous prisoners or cut back the schools, cut back health care for kids or nursing homes for old folks.’
    • ‘With accountability so popular, however, the unions and their allies found themselves in a political bind.’
    • ‘After spending nine years there, he, like many refugees in a tight bind, made a deal that he is now regretting.’
    • ‘Two months into his second term, he is in one of the toughest political binds of his presidency.’
    • ‘A third point is that parents find it difficult to articulate their disappointment (and sometimes their anger) because they are caught in an emotional bind.’
    • ‘It has put the administration ‘in a serious political bind.’’
    • ‘This is the difficult bind in which TNA finds itself - there are ramifications regardless of which direction it chooses to go in.’
    • ‘Mr. Jordan says he and others similarly situated were in a bind.’
    • ‘Agreed, women politicians are caught in a vicious bind.’
    • ‘What they have got going for them is that our maladroitness politically and diplomatically has put us in a real bind.’
    • ‘So I think they really were in a bind, and I don't think they meant to offend their - the people, but they knew that if that was going to happen, they would take that chance.’
    • ‘Politicians will no doubt find themselves in a bind.’
    • ‘Russia is in a political bind of its own creation, specifically over the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty.’
    • ‘It seems to me that he is in a bind, where he's essentially either a paper tiger or he's responsible for these things; either he can't stop the bombing or he can and refuses to.’
    predicament, awkward situation, quandary, dilemma, plight, difficult situation, cleft stick, mess, quagmire
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  • 2formal A statutory constraint.

    ‘the moral bind of the law’
    • ‘The mother in relation to the father is a prior untraceable trace, indeed a form of guiltless credit, which supports and underpins a moral economy developed through the property bind of the law of the father.’
    • ‘Local authorities, whilst remaining under the bind of the law, are increasingly being left to manage the industry alone, resulting in different policies across the country.’
    • ‘It's just that the bind is to conditions that assure the code remains free.’
    • ‘Following the logic of social control theory, it is predicted that workers would have to neutralize the bind of the law, the prohibitions against theft.’
  • 3Music

    another term for tie
    • ‘When binds are used, the stem has to be lengthened as much as may be necessary to reach the bind.’
    • ‘The employment of the bind is a necessity whenever a sound is required to be of a duration which cannot be expressed by any single note, as for example five or seven quavers.’
    • ‘In old music a dot was sometimes placed at the beginning of a bar, having reference to the last note of the preceding bar; this method of writing was not convenient, as the dot might easily escape notice, and it is now superseded by the use of the bind in similar cases.’
    • ‘If the notes are in a descending scale, the bind descends, and vice versa.’
    • ‘The beat on which the bind begins is also indicated explicitly.’
  • 4

    another term for bine

Phrasal Verbs

  • bind off

    • Cast off in knitting.

      • ‘She scans the Craigslist Arts Forum for advice about casting on and binding off and the other unfathomable stuff you do with yarn.’
      • ‘The shoulders have been short-rowed shaped and bound off using 3 needle bind-off.’
      • ‘Draw the first stitch up and over the sec­ond stitch and completely off the needle. You have now bound off one stitch.’
      • ‘I did just enough rounds to get the size I wanted, bound off, knit a second one, and stitched them together (don't ask me what stitch I used because I stink at finishing and I just sort of looped the stitches along all around the outside).’
      • ‘I just bound off some stitches for the armholes… so it is coming along as well.’
  • bind someone over

    • (of a court of law) require someone to fulfill an obligation, typically by paying a sum of money as surety.

      ‘he was bound over for trial on a felony charge’
      require, compel, bind, make, constrain, obligate, force, put under an obligation, leave someone no option, impel, coerce, pressure, pressurize
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Old English bindan, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch and German binden, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit bandh.