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-bound

suffix uk   /-baʊnd/ us  

-bound suffix (DIRECTION)

travelling in the stated direction: Northbound traffic is moving very slowly because of the accident. US The line did not close completely, but inbound and outbound trains (= trains which were arriving and leaving) had to share one of the two tracks near the station.

-bound suffix (PREVENTING LEAVING)

(causing people to be) unable to leave a place because of an unwanted condition: During his long illness he was completely housebound (= he could not leave the house). She has been wheelchair-bound for several years. The airport was completely fogbound (= covered by fog).

-bound suffix (COVERED)

used to describe a book that is covered or held together in the stated way: a leather-bound book a spiral-bound notebook used to describe clothes or other objects that have edges covered in the stated way: leather-bound cuffs
Translations of “-bound”
in Chinese (Traditional) 方向, 往…方向的…
in Chinese (Simplified) 方向, 去往……方向的…
(Definition of -bound suffix from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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