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English definition of “bound”

bound

adjective uk   /baʊnd/ us  

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   /baʊnd/ us  

bound verb (JUMP)

[I usually + adv/prep] to move quickly with large jumping movements

bound verb (BORDER)

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

bound verb (TIE)

past simple and past participle of bind verb

bound

noun uk   /baʊnd/ us  

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). be out of bounds If an area is out of bounds, people are not allowed to go there.
(Definition of bound adjective, verb, noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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