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bound

adjective uk   us   /baʊnd/

bound adjective (CERTAIN)

B2 [after verb] certain or extremely likely to happen: [+ to infinitive] You're bound to forget people's names occasionally. You're bound to feel nervous about your interview. These two young musicians are bound for international success (= are certain to be successful).be bound and determined US to be seriously intending to do something: They are bound and determined to build their own house someday.I'll be bound UK old-fashioned I am certain: He's in the pub, I'll be bound.

bound adjective (FORCED)

[after verb, + , to, infinitive] having a moral or legal duty to do something: The company is bound by a special agreement to involve the union in important decisions. She feels (duty)-bound to tell him everything.

bound adjective (FASTENED)

tied with rope, cord, string, etc.: We found the girl bound and gagged. (of a book) having a cover made of paper, leather, or other material: The book was bound in shiny green leather.

bound adjective (DIRECTION)

C1 [after verb] going to: She was on a plane bound for Moscow when she got sick.

bound

verb uk   us   /baʊnd/

bound verb (JUMP)

bound verb (BORDER)

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

bound verb (TIE)

past simple and past participle of bind verb

bound

noun uk   us   /baʊnd/

bound noun (JUMP)

[C] a quick, long jump: With one bound the dog was over the fence.

bound noun (LIMIT)

bounds [plural] legal or social limits: The committee felt that newspaper coverage of the murder went beyond reasonable bounds. What you did was beyond/outside the bounds of acceptable behaviour. His desire for political power apparently knows no bounds (= seems to be unlimited).
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