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English definition of “bind”

bind

verb     /baɪnd/ (bound, bound)
C2 [T] to tie something tightly or to fasten something: They bound the packages with brightly coloured ribbon . Bind together the two broken ends . The prisoner was bound hand and foot .Fastening and tying C2 [T] to unite people : The things that bind them together are greater than their differences .Connecting and combiningVariety and mixturesMixing and mixtures [T] (also bind up) To bind a part of the body , especially a part that is damaged , is to tie something round it: He had already bound the child's arm when I arrived .Medical dressings, supports and devices [T] to sew or stick material along the edges of something such as a jacket , in order to make it stronger or to decorate itKnitting and sewingDecorating or making something attractive [T] to make separate pieces of paper into a book : There are several different ways to bind a book , for example you can stitch or stick the pages together. → See also bookbinding (bookbinder)Covering and adding layers [I or T] When an egg or water is used, especially in cooking , to bind something it provides a way of making everything stick together in a solid mass : The mixture wouldn't bind (together).Preparing foodPreparing food using heat
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