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bond

noun uk   /bɒnd/ us    /bɑːnd/

bond noun (CONNECTION)

B2 [C] a close connection joining two or more people: the bond(s) of friendship/love There has been a close bond between them ever since she saved him from drowning. In societies with strong family bonds (= relationships), people tend to live longer.

bond noun (FINANCIAL DOCUMENT)

[C] an official paper given by the government or a company to show that you have lent them money that they will pay back to you at a particular interest rate: I invested some money in savings bonds.

bond noun (PROMISE)

[C] a written agreement or promise: They have entered into a solemn bond. [C] US specialized law an amount of money that is paid to formally promise that someone accused of a crime and being kept in prison will appear for trial if released: The judge ordered that he post a $10,000 bond pending his appeal of the verdict.

bond noun (JOIN)

[C usually singular] a place where single parts of something are joined together, especially with glue, or the type of join made: When the glue has set, the bond formed is watertight. a strong/weak/permanent bond

bond noun (ROPES)

bonds [plural] literary the ropes or chains that hold prisoners and prevent them moving around or escaping: Loose his bonds and set him free.

bond

verb [I or T] uk   /bɒnd/ us    /bɑːnd/

bond verb [I or T] (JOIN)

to stick materials together, especially using glue: This new adhesive can bond metal to glass.

bond verb [I or T] (MAKE CONNECTION)

C2 to develop a close connection or strong relationship with someone: The aim was to bond the group into a closely knit team. The hospital gives mothers no quiet private time in which to bond with their babies.
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