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bind

verb [T]  us   /bɑɪnd/ (past tense and past participle bound  /bɑʊnd/ )

bind verb [T] (TIE)

to tie someone or something tightly, or to fasten things together: The room was full of wooden boxes bound with twisted wire. fig. The club is home to a mix of people bound together by a love of boats and boating. fig. To bind someone is also to force the person to keep a promise: This contract binds the state to use this land as a park, said Judge Harry Smith. To bind a book is to fasten one edge of the pages together inside a cover to make a book.

bind

noun [U]  us   /bɑɪnd/

bind noun [U] (UNPLEASANT SITUATION)

a difficult situation in which none of the choices available are good: If you lose a lot of your customers, you’ll soon get in a financial bind.
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