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English definition of “bound”

bound

 /bɑʊnd/ us  

bound (TIE)

past simple and past participle of bind

bound

adjective  /bɑʊnd/ us  

bound adjective (CERTAIN)

[not gradable] certain or extremely likely to happen: [+ to infinitive] You’re bound to feel nervous about your interview.

bound adjective (TIED)

[not gradable] tied tightly or fastened: Several of the prisoners had been bound.

bound adjective (FORCED)

having a moral or legal duty to do something: She is not legally bound to pay the debts, but she has agreed to do it anyway.

bound adjective (TOWARD)

[not gradable] traveling in the direction of: She was on a plane bound for Fairbanks. fig. These two young musicians are bound for success.

bound

verb  /bɑʊnd/ us  

bound verb (LIMIT)

[T] to mark or form the limits of: The town is bounded on one side by a river.

bound verb (JUMP)

[I always + adv/prep] to move quickly with large, jumping movements: A deer bounded across the road.

bound

noun [C] /bɑʊnd/

bound noun [C] (JUMP)

a quick, large jump: With one bound the dog was over the fence.
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