Main definitions of bound in English

: bound1bound2bound3bound4

bound1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Walk or run with leaping strides.

    ‘Louis came bounding down the stairs’
    ‘the dog bounded up to him’
    • ‘A pot of tea, thankfully, was on the kitchen table, and I slumped over to it eagerly, flopping down in my battered chair as Mom came bounding down the stairs, my three bags in hand.’
    • ‘As I sat, Eleanor came bounding down the stairs.’
    • ‘I was still lying in bed, trying to force my eyes open, when he bounded up to me like a kid on his 12th birthday.’
    • ‘As she was climbing the stairs, Joel came bounding down, dressed in khaki pants and a blue button down shirt that practically made his eyes, which were the exact same color, pop out of his head.’
    • ‘As soon as we got back outside, she came bounding down the street, being pursued by another dog.’
    • ‘She came bounding down the hallway from the kitchen shouting at him.’
    • ‘Nick practically bounded ahead of me, the concept of pace eluding him.’
    • ‘Valentine sensed the relaxed atmosphere and bounded up to Aimée, jumping up on her.’
    • ‘It was just as I was getting distracted by this odd train of thought that the door at the top of the staircase flew open and Rachel Marie began bounding down the stairs.’
    • ‘As if on cue, Alisha came bounding down the stairs.’
    • ‘A girl in a ruffled jean miniskirt with a colourfully striped v-neck, her light hoodie zip-up flying behind her, came bounding down the stairs.’
    • ‘A moment later I was bounding down the stairs to tell my mom.’
    • ‘Over the past five years, productivity has bounded ahead to an annual rate of almost three percent, after spending 20 years at an average of less than half that level.’
    • ‘Sally bounded up to him when he walked into the building alone the next morning.’
    • ‘We do not know who won the high jump or the triple jump except that a couple of Swedes have gone bounding down the track in delight.’
    • ‘He bounded up to me and started to interrogate me as to whom I knew at the party and why I was here.’
    • ‘‘Bye,’ he nearly whispered, before bounding down the hallway to meet up with the group of friends that had called for him.’
    • ‘A young child out with her family was terrified by a couple of unruly dogs when they bounded up to her.’
    • ‘As I sloshed into the house, Bobby came bounding down the stairs.’
    • ‘A small rabbit came bounding down the path at one point.’
    leap, jump, spring, bounce, hop, vault, hurdle
    skip, bob, dance, prance, romp, caper, cavort, sport, frisk, frolic, gambol, gallop, hurtle
    curvet, rollick, capriole
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    1. 1.1 (of an object, typically a round one) rebound from a surface.
      ‘bullets bounded off the veranda’
      • ‘Painter Henri Matisse had rooms overlooking the market, and you could see where he got his inspiration as the sunlight bounded off ochre walls in these tall, narrow streets.’
      • ‘The ball bounded off the wall and Jeter went into second standing up.’
      • ‘I didn't glance up from my plate until a roll bounded off the side of my head.’
      • ‘The sun bled stark white light over the court and it bounded off pasty nets that fluttered a little.’

noun

  • A leaping movement upward.

    ‘I went up the steps in two effortless bounds’
    • ‘Our tour has come on leaps and bounds in the past four or five years.’
    • ‘With a bound, he leapt free of the car and nearly knocked the poor boy over.’
    • ‘While Mills has yet to prove that he can leap tall buildings in a single bound, there's no doubt that he is one of the most important and influential DJs in the history of the world.’
    • ‘It's taken considerable leaps and bounds since then.’
    • ‘His temperature leaps by bounds, his cheeks are flushed crimson, his pulse beats fast, and his eyes wear an altogether unearthly aspect.’
    • ‘He will come on leaps and bounds for today's run and has proved he is a leading contender.’
    • ‘These gents leap over buildings in a single bound, folks!’
    • ‘One way or another, it galloped in great leaps and bounds.’
    • ‘The tall building could be leapt in a single bound in lunar gravity.’
    • ‘In a single bound, he leaped over a Texas blocker to force a game-sealing interception earlier this year.’
    • ‘I hope that his mission will continue, and his death is seen as reason to work harder, to stand taller, to leap all these cultural obstacles with a single bound.’
    • ‘But only recently have videogames started making leaps and bounds towards a unified interactive product.’
    • ‘Since the winter break, however, he has come into the side, proving that his game has come on leaps and bounds, and in recent weeks the way he has been hogging the headlines has seemed nothing short of selfish.’
    • ‘Water was run across, buildings were leapt in a single bound, swords made appropriately dramatic sounds as they were sliced through the air.’
    • ‘Then science made some astonishing leaps and bounds, and it became possible to construct a theory of consciousness that involved nothing more complex than the physical brain.’
    • ‘I work with him every week and he's come on leaps and bounds lately.’
    • ‘I think my sketchbook diary is leaps and bounds beyond any of my other work.’
    • ‘They leap by bounds, twirl their bodies this way and that, delighting in this opportunity to torment me!’
    • ‘Now, they're called super shoplifters, and while they can't leap a building in a single bound, they probably could steal most of what was in it.’
    • ‘Able to leap tall silos in a single bound, this animated environmental advocate uses her ground-scan radar vision to detect on-farm perils.’
    leap, jump, spring, bounce, hop, vault, hurdle
    curvet, capriole
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Origin

Early 16th century (as a noun): from French bond (noun), bondir (verb) resound later rebound from late Latin bombitare, from Latin bombus humming.

Pronunciation:

bound

/bound/

Main definitions of bound in English

: bound1bound2bound3bound4

bound2

noun

often bounds
  • 1A territorial limit; a boundary.

    ‘the ancient bounds of the forest’
    • ‘The chance to purchase a site of this critical mass and significance within the bounds of the National Park make it unprecedented in recent years.’
    • ‘The bounds of the territorium, described topographically, match the present Llangors parish.’
    • ‘We elves patrol throughout the Black Wood, and well into the bounds of the ancient elf kingdom, including the Marshes where you are from.’
    • ‘Once within its bounds, I notice a winding single-story caretaker building to our immediate right.’
    • ‘Curious as always, we walked beyond the bounds of the current development, into the rock of the desert.’
    • ‘And yet within the bounds of each paragraph, the writing is extremely cogent, even sometimes quite strictly disciplined’
    • ‘Built heritage experts concede that the most severely damaged buildings were not the most elegant, stylish or historic within the bounds of Edinburgh's World Heritage Site.’
    • ‘He commands 45,000 police and civilians, and is responsible for a massive slice of territory stretching far beyond the bounds of what most people think of as London.’
    • ‘Townspeople of all ages have taken part in the historic beating of the bounds tradition to observe the boundaries of Malmesbury.’
    • ‘But there is ample evidence that they are erecting the bounds of their political playpen far beyond the confines of Westminster.’
    • ‘I do not need to take it any further than to merely say there is a broad power and it can operate beyond the bounds of the Territory.’
    borders, boundaries, confines, limits, outer limits, extremities, margins, edges, fringes, marches
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    1. 1.1 A limitation or restriction on feeling or action.
      ‘it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that the issue could arise again’
      ‘enthusiasm to join the union knew no bounds’
      • ‘Mikala's clothing and personal belongings clattered to the floor, their owner's body no longer confined within the bounds of the materials and armor.’
      • ‘My lamb may not have been the most tender I've ever tasted, but it fell well within the bounds of acceptability, and the lentil sauce was a grainy delight, especially when combined with the dark, thick garlic jus.’
      • ‘They are musicians for the 21st Century, where there are no borders and no bounds.’
      • ‘If the precedent established at Nuremberg has any contemporary relevance, the entire strategy elaborated in this document proceeds outside the bounds of international law.’
      • ‘By contrast, hoarding of a non-monetary commodity is kept within bounds by declining marginal utility.’
      • ‘Yet even the members of this excellent Cambridge team sometimes fail to confine themselves within the narrow bounds of testimony.’
      • ‘Questions linger about how the government will deal with contractors who may have exceeded their contractual authority - and the bounds of the law’
      • ‘It's fascinating to see how income tax law has been changed over the years in order to continue misleading people while staying technically within the bounds of the Constitution.’
      • ‘Such statements are entirely within the bounds of ‘tolerance’ and ‘civility,’ and they need no apology.’
      • ‘But his views are neither racist nor extremist; they fall within the bounds of legitimate scholarly debate.’
      • ‘Therefore, the question of having a navy and of its parameters far transcends the bounds of military tasks alone for any state.’
      • ‘His ambition for approbation sets bounds and limits to his ambition, so to speak.’
      • ‘My only limits are the bounds of good taste, what I consider good taste.’
      • ‘The Crown sets a finite limit and says that is the bounds within which it will negotiate, and if that is not accepted, then it will not be able to negotiate.’
      • ‘And, of course, such systems have a way of refusing to be contained within bounds or borders.’
      • ‘Confined within proper bounds, such measures need not pose a threat to civil liberties in general or to academic freedom in particular.’
      • ‘It's within bounds to distribute it by a hybrid, such as these passes - but the owners would be well-advised to pay attention to the social dynamics of hybrid systems.’
      • ‘His mother appeared to be extremely happy and her happiness seemed me to have no bounds.’
      • ‘Capable of great inspiration and idealism, they are often accused of lacking realism and being too trusting in the conviction that the power of belief, hope, or love can transcend all bounds and borders.’
      • ‘Even within these tolerant bounds, however, Nicolas Roeg was a limit tester.’
      limits, confines, restrictions, limitations, demarcations, proportions
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    2. 1.2technical A limiting value.
      • ‘Using the entropy framework, a prior, or expected value, and upper and lower bounds are needed for each estimated coefficient and error term.’
      • ‘He gave bounds for the least quadratic residues modulo a prime, and for the least primitive root for a prime.’
      • ‘Instead, therefore, one tries to find upper and lower bounds.’
      • ‘Researchers can therefore use calibrated and uncalibrated models to provide upper and lower bounds to capture true values.’
      • ‘Schofield and then McKelvey and Schofield obtained some bounds on k values.’
      • ‘If the tiling problem for monotiles with finitely many vertices and edges is undecidable, then there is no finite upper bound on Heesch numbers.’
      • ‘This suggests that researchers can use calibrated and uncalibrated values as upper and lower bounds for true values.’
      • ‘The program gives the lower and upper bounds on the confidence interval as well as the length of the interval, obtained by subtracting the lower from the upper bound.’
      • ‘Clearly, as we have already seen, the key size provides an upper bound of an algorithm's cryptographic strength.’
      • ‘However, the fact that they can prove bounds for their alternate algorithms suggests that maybe this is a line of attack to take when analyzing Lloyd's method.’
      • ‘Thus the energy barriers estimated this way are lower bounds for the true barriers.’
      • ‘The fit results and the mechanical stability conditions allow us to determine bounds to the values of some elastic moduli.’
      • ‘Weinstein's method was developed to give accurate bounds for eigenvalues of plates and membranes.’
      • ‘The elementary method described in the present article can be refined to yield a quantitative upper bound.’
      • ‘Also, our upper bounds may be too high, but how will we ever prove it?’
      • ‘Ninety-five percent confidence bounds were calculated using the standard normal distribution.’
      • ‘The 2.5th and 97.5th percentiles of the resulting distributions served as the upper and lower bounds of the confidence limit.’
      • ‘For example, the usual definition of least upper bound is impredicative, since it characterizes a number in terms of a collection of upper bounds, and the defined number is a member of that collection.’
      • ‘What is known is that all techniques used so far to prove lower bounds on computational models reside in a specific low fragment of Peano arithmetic.’
      • ‘Instead, simulations are employed to test how different upper bounds limit the rate of false inclusions across a range of reasonable conditions.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]usually be bounded
  • 1 Form the boundary of; enclose.

    ‘the ground was bounded by a main road on one side and a meadow on the other’
    • ‘It is 120 feet long and 45 feet wide, is enclosed by cut stone granite walls and bounded by mature trees.’
    • ‘He was told that the City Council had just received approval from the Health Service Executive to move back the wall bounding the hospital and that work would be done in April.’
    • ‘After laying and during the washing, we had problems getting rid of the water (all but one side of the house is bounded by walls).’
    • ‘The immediate grounds of the house are bounded by a wall and a gate, and then the ‘wilderness,’ a wooded and wilder area.’
    • ‘The long back garden is bounded by walls, mature trees and hedging.’
    • ‘The site is bounded by natural limestone walls.’
    • ‘Oval in plan, the enclosure is bounded by a single stone wall 2.7 m. thick.’
    • ‘The drive is steep, and narrow, and bounded by high stone walls.’
    • ‘He may be telling an unfortunate tale, but one still infused with the vitality of childhood, even bounded by the walls of a tiny flat.’
    • ‘The little area now covered by the shed was once a favorite play spot bounded by the hedge and pecan tree on the north, the rock wall on the east, and the alley on the south.’
    • ‘The east-facing back garden of number 26 is bounded by granite walls and laid in lawn with flower borders.’
    • ‘Mosses, ferns and green and white lichens sprawled all over the wet rock wall that bounded the inner curve of the levada.’
    • ‘On the bit of garden outworks bounded by the wall is a little group of rowans and lilac, and beneath them grow more daffodils, which we have never noticed particularly.’
    • ‘Outside, the front lawn is bounded by walls and contains a selection of plants and shrubs as well as a cobblelock driveway providing parking for two cars.’
    • ‘After a short rest I turned off down Smithyard Lane - a dirt road, single track, running between open fields and bounded by high hedges.’
    • ‘When the game starts, your selected object is presented in the center of a spherical space bounded by fractal walls.’
    • ‘The next image zooms in on the area bounded by the gray circle.’
    • ‘The site is bounded by fencing, hedges and trees, and fences divide most of the plots.’
    • ‘Old City, bounded by stone walls which once formed part of a fortress, is divided into four quarters.’
    • ‘The outer hair cell has a liquid core bounded by a composite wall.’
    enclose, surround, encircle, circle, ring, circumscribe, border
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    1. 1.1 Place within certain limits; restrict.
      ‘freedom of action is bounded by law’
      • ‘Secondary categories are not strictly bounded, and their limits are constantly redefined through practice.’
      • ‘Freedom in this context is bounded entirely by reference to the law.’
      • ‘The body is a part of the physical world, and diseases are bounded disorders that must be treated within this realm.’
      • ‘And what forms that apparatus takes are bounded only by our imagination and the laws of physics.’
      • ‘All behavior would therefore be caused and bounded by the laws relating to chemistry and physics.’
      • ‘Both parties are bound by mutual confidentiality restrictions, and I really can't comment.’
      • ‘Symphonic music was, and still is, bounded only by the limits of the imagination.’
      • ‘The relevant function here was to perform those legal obligations which bound the Council to comply with the laws so far as nuisance and potentially negligence were concerned.’
      • ‘In terms of the product continuum, they have enabled users to personalise their trainers, creating designs and patterns within a tightly bounded shoe design.’
      • ‘Passion and compassion are, thankfully, not bounded by the cumbersome fences of nationalism.’
      • ‘It's easy to see that the way you define or bound a problem points you strongly in the direction of one - or another - strategic choice.’
      • ‘It is bounded exclusively by our belief and the limits we place on ourselves.’
      • ‘Isn't it bad enough that everyday existence is bounded by laws and conventions, without art feeling that it has to follow suit?’
      • ‘The Act can be seen as a good start, but with the restrictions bounded upon it the government have been criticised for ‘not doing better’.’
      • ‘The limits of your imagination are bounded only by your budgets, so think creative.’
      • ‘The only legitimate and productive political action must be bounded by the limits of the status quo and the Democrats who protect it.’
      • ‘Your reputation, however that may be defined, is clearly not bounded by these shores.’
      • ‘This could be a pointer to many new writers who are bound by geographical limits.’
      • ‘Parents tell us what to do and how to act, then teachers and of course we all live in a world bounded by rules and regulations enforced by the law or religion and morality.’
      • ‘All these people are bound within an institutional culture of hate and degradation.’
      limit, restrict, confine, cramp, straiten, restrain, circumscribe, demarcate, delimit, define
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Phrases

  • in bounds

    • (in sports) inside the regular playing area.

      • ‘When someone has to throw the ball in bounds, they only have 5 seconds to do so, or the other team gets the ball.’
      • ‘Why shouldn't replay help decide whether he didn't land in bounds because of the tackle or because of his own momentum?’
      • ‘The official on the field ruled the catch good, but TV replays showed Johnson's elbow landed out of bounds before his second foot came down in bounds.’
      • ‘The passer immediately steps in bounds, preferably on the block.’
      • ‘You throw the ball in bounds safely, and your player hugs the basketball and awaits the foul.’
      • ‘Proehl leaped, caught it, and kept both feet in bounds.’
      • ‘Replays showed Johnson landed two feet in bounds.’
      • ‘This way, when I pass the ball in bounds, the defense has to find their man and react to the situation.’
      • ‘If he makes a mistake in the previous game, such as running a route short of its proper depth or not getting both feet in bounds, he'll be cognizant of it during practice the following week.’
      • ‘As long as any portion of the ball is in bounds, you can play this shot.’
  • out of bounds

    • 1(in sports) outside the regular playing area.

      ‘he hit his third shot out of bounds at the 17th’
      • ‘He blocked a shot out of bounds and lobbied for possession.’
      • ‘She then appeared to lose a step, dropping four straight games during a stretch when she double-faulted three times and saw her long ground strokes carry out of bounds on the clay court.’
      • ‘Trying for more yardage after a reception instead of calling a timeout or going out of bounds, he ran out the dock, costing his team an attempt at a game-winning field goal.’
      • ‘I see a kid get the ball out of bounds, come down the court going between his legs and behind his back repeatedly without reason.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, her shot hit the goal post and bounced out of bounds.’
      • ‘He fields the kick and instantly stumbles out of bounds.’
      • ‘Once a basket is scored, the ball passes to the opposition who start play out of bounds at the end of the court and pass it in-bounds.’
      • ‘Instead, the former quarterback sprinted all the way back across the field and out of bounds right at the first-down marker.’
      • ‘Kicks and punts angled to the comers invariably seem to go out of bounds, which costs the team in field position.’
      • ‘Blocked shots almost always go out of bounds or result in a foul.’
      1. 1.1(of a place) outside the limits of where one is permitted to be.
        ‘his kitchen was out of bounds to me at mealtimes’
        • ‘A quarter of the playground is still out of bounds to children until resurfacing work, at an estimated cost of £1, 000, is carried out.’
        • ‘None of them could watch anything because the day room was put out of bounds to them.’
        • ‘Large areas of the countryside were out of bounds to both city and rural dwellers today as Government officials tried to halt the spread of foot-and-mouth disease.’
        • ‘The main car park at the 900-acre Bishop Wood, near Selby, is now out of bounds to motorists.’
        • ‘It was feared that up to 80 square miles of the park would have to be put out of bounds to climbers and walkers following the recent dry weather and the danger of two fires that raged last week.’
        • ‘As a result of suspected malicious damage to the water fountain at Riverside Park the fountain is out of bounds to all comers to the park.’
        • ‘He invited me into the section out of bounds to the public.’
        • ‘All of these, he says, are part of the ‘common wealth’ that needs to be protected from being sold off and becoming out of bounds to those who won't pay the entrance fee.’
        • ‘This not only provides a circular reservoir walk but also allows access to views of the water from areas that were previously out of bounds to the public.’
        • ‘The Bellary Road, which has been earmarked for the parking of VIP vehicles, has become a restricted area, out of bounds to other commuters.’
        off limits, restricted, reserved, closed off
        forbidden, banned, proscribed, vetoed, interdicted, ruled out, not allowed, not permitted, illegal, illicit, unlawful, impermissible, not acceptable, taboo
        verboten
        no go
        non licet
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      2. 1.2Beyond what is acceptable.
        ‘Paul felt that this conversation was getting out of bounds’
        • ‘For him, all personal experience is grist to the writer's mill; nothing is taboo or out of bounds.’
        • ‘I didn't like it, but it wasn't completely out of bounds.’
        • ‘There's something fantastically liberating in the licence she gives you to laugh at subjects usually out of bounds.’
        • ‘Do you consider anything out of bounds anymore?’
        • ‘I am more comfortable about talking about what I think is definitely out of bounds than in coming up with a theory that would provide answers to all or maybe even most legal questions.’
        • ‘Another possibility is that the rhetoric reframes the debate entirely, making it impossible to mount a defense of an issue without seeming to be out of bounds.’
        • ‘And I bet you'll see tonight members of the audience ask questions that, you know, just four or eight years ago would have frankly seemed a little out of bounds.’
        • ‘I don't think it's out of bounds to say that that last comment that she made that was very controversial.’
        • ‘For the busy lady this posed something of a nightmare as sandwiches were forbidden and a nice plate of pasta with sauce was out of bounds.’
        • ‘But I think this clearly qualifies as way, way out of bounds.’

Origin

Middle English (in the senses landmark and borderland): from Old French bodne, from medieval Latin bodina, earlier butina, of unknown ultimate origin.

Pronunciation:

bound

/bound/

Main definitions of bound in English

: bound1bound2bound3bound4

bound3

adjective

  • 1Heading toward somewhere.

    ‘trains bound for Chicago’
    [in combination] ‘the three moon-bound astronauts’
    • ‘So he fled that very night, running many miles away from his master, and jumped onto a ship bound for Britain.’
    • ‘The only discomfort was sharing space with at least a couple of passengers bound for the same destination.’
    • ‘They made sure that they were on the next flight bound for Toronto.’
    • ‘Two experienced Spaniards, inseparable partners, were bound for Ancohuma.’
    • ‘He shouted at a handful of passengers, who boarded another bus bound for the same destination, and forced them to alight, leaving all their belongings in the bus.’
    • ‘Although the initial stay was only six months, after returning to France it wasn't long before they were bound for Bulgaria once again.’
    • ‘Servants bound for less desirable colonial destinations also received shorter terms.’
    • ‘Much to my delight, the traffic was heading in the other direction and I had the northern bound freeway to myself.’
    • ‘Two planes carrying 89 people took off from Moscow's Domodedovo airport yesterday around an hour apart and bound for two different destinations.’
    • ‘A passenger, who just arrived at the station and asked for anonymity, was forced by several bus brokers to board a bus which is not bound for his destination.’
    • ‘Once again the lorry left Ramsgate aboard the Sally Star bound for Dunkirk.’
    • ‘The container was loaded onto a ship at Zeebrugge bound for Ireland and police believe that is the most likely place for them to have stowed away.’
    • ‘On December 3, he checked out again and jumped on a plane bound for Hawaii.’
    • ‘We in the hardboat were bound for Mumbles Pier, the others for more distant destinations.’
    • ‘That where he is bound come April 5, when he will attempt to better his brave fourth place in last year's National.’
    • ‘The group was bound for Greece and other European destinations in the hope of earning a livelihood to support their families back home.’
    • ‘Suitcases, once bound for holidays abroad in Mexico and the USA, were left strewn across all four lanes of the carriageway.’
    • ‘But how many minutes will the bench - bound Italian with the stylised facial hair play against the Koreans?’
    • ‘The strike also delayed trains bound for destinations on the European mainland.’
    • ‘Oh sure, she was bound for a very good college and was fairly certain that he wasn't, but was it worth it?’
    1. 1.1 Destined or likely to have a specified experience.
      ‘they were bound for disaster’
      • ‘Obviously, by definition, the destination of education bound trips is always an education centre, which may be situated in a nearby area or at the nearest market centre or town.’
      • ‘While these students are likely not bound for careers in music, they are the future core of the volunteer choir, the town band and the community orchestra.’
      • ‘Although we can see that it is bound for failure, it is fascinating to follow its journey.’
      • ‘Any attempt at explaining higher meanings to be derived from Judo is bound for failure.’
      • ‘And so any strategy that's based on going after the leadership alone is bound for failure.’
      • ‘Surely many world records are bound to be broken, they think.’

Origin

Middle English boun (in the sense ready, dressed), from Old Norse búinn, past participle of búa get ready; the final -d is euphonic, or influenced by bound.

Pronunciation:

bound

/bound/

Main definitions of bound in English

: bound1bound2bound3bound4

bound4

verb

  • past and past participle of bind

adjective

  • 1[with infinitive] Certain to do or have something.

    ‘there is bound to be a change of plan’
    certain, sure, very likely, guaranteed, destined, predestined, fated
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    1. 1.1 Obliged by law, circumstances, or duty to do something.
      ‘I'm bound to do what I can to help Sam’
      ‘I'm bound to say that I'm not sure’
      obligated, obliged, under obligation, compelled, required, duty-bound, honour-bound, constrained
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  • 2[in combination] Restricted or confined to a specified place.

    ‘his job kept him city-bound’
    1. 2.1 Prevented from operating normally by the specified conditions.
      ‘blizzard-bound Boston’
      • ‘The Department was duty bound to protect the interests of the members who had contributed to this amount.’
      • ‘Traditionally, they are duty bound to defer to the wishes of their parents.’
      • ‘Then you're duty bound to do the right thing so you just do what you're told and get on with it.’
  • 3[in combination] (of a book) having a specified binding.

    ‘fine leather-bound books’
  • 4Linguistics
    (of a morpheme) unable to occur alone, e.g., dis- in dismount.

    • ‘Also their acoustic duration probably varies more than for other syllables that are bound morphemes.’
    • ‘The result is a bound phrase, in the parlance of linguists, that takes its meaning from the context in which it is used.’
    • ‘Thus, the question of whether the syllable status of the bound morpheme may affect the base-suffix segmentation was examined.’
    • ‘An analogous account can be given of many of the bound morphemes of English and other languages.’
  • 5Constipated.

Phrases

  • bound up in

    • Focusing on, to the exclusion of all else.

      ‘she was too bound up in her own misery to care that other people were hurt’
  • bound up with (or in)

    • Closely connected with or related to.

      ‘democracy is bound up with a measure of economic and social equality’
      • ‘In Papua New Guinea the past remains closely bound up with the present.’
      • ‘We are internationalists, and we know very well that our fate is bound up with that of the rest of the world.’
      • ‘It's too big a subject - too bound up with who I was, who I wanted to be and who I've become.’
      • ‘The fortunes of Surrey were naturally closely bound up with the fortunes of London.’
      • ‘Let me warn you to remember that the salvation of your soul, and nothing less, is closely bound up with the subject.’
      • ‘The outcome of an act of discipline is closely bound up with how a child experiences that relationship.’
      • ‘This unbridled opportunism is closely bound up with their own political past.’
      • ‘An individual's sense of identity is closely bound up with roles he or she plays at home and work.’
      • ‘The collections are therefore closely bound up with one another and, to some degree, interdependent.’
      • ‘These properties are closely bound up with the unique cultural role and status of books.’
      connected with, linked with, tied up with, united with, allied to, attached to, dependent on, reliant on
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Pronunciation:

bound

/bound/