bind Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “bind” in the English Dictionary

"bind" in British English

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uk   us   /baɪnd/ (bound, bound)
C2 [T] to ​tie something ​tightly or to ​fasten something: They bound the ​packages withbrightlycolouredribbon. Bind together the two ​brokenends. The ​prisoner was bound hand and ​foot.C2 [T] to ​unitepeople: The things that bind them together are ​greater than ​theirdifferences. [T] (also bind up) To bind a ​part of the ​body, ​especially a ​part that is ​damaged, is to ​tie something around it: He had already bound the child's ​arm when I ​arrived. [T] to ​sew or ​stickmaterial along the ​edges of something such as a ​jacket, in ​order to make it ​stronger or to ​decorate it [T] to make ​separatepieces of ​paper into a ​book: There are several different ​ways to bind a ​book, for ​example you can ​stitch or ​stick the ​pages together.
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[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 ​solidmass: The ​mixture wouldn't bind (together).
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bindnoun [S]

uk   us   /baɪnd/ informal
a ​difficult or ​annoyingsituation in which you are ​prevented from ​acting as you might like: Having to ​visit her every ​week is aterrible bind. Borrowing ​money may put you in areal bind.
(Definition of bind from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bind" in American English

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bindverb [T]

 us   /bɑɪnd/ (past tense and past participle bound  /bɑʊnd/ )

bind verb [T] (TIE)

to ​tie someone or something ​tightly, or to ​fasten things together: The ​room was ​full of ​woodenboxes bound with ​twistedwire. fig. The ​club is ​home to a ​mix of ​people bound together by a ​love of ​boats and ​boating. fig. To bind someone is also to ​force the ​person to ​keep a ​promise: This ​contract binds the ​state to use this ​land as a ​park, said Judge Harry Smith. To bind a ​book is to ​fasten one ​edge of the ​pages together inside a ​cover to make a ​book.

bindnoun [U]

 us   /bɑɪnd/


a ​difficultsituation in which none of the ​choicesavailable are good: If you ​lose a lot of ​yourcustomers, you’ll ​soon get in a ​financial bind.
(Definition of bind from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bind" in Business English

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bindverb [T]

uk   us   /baɪnd/
LAW if a ​legalagreement or ​official decision binds someone, it ​forces them to do something or to ​keep a promise: bind sb to do sth The ​contracts bind ​investors to ​maintain the bound to sth We are bound to the ​originalcontract
COMMERCE to ​agree not to ​increase the ​rate of a ​tax, tariff, etc. above a particular ​level: bind sth (at sth) Jamaica bound all its ​industrialtariffs at a ​uniformceilingrate of 50%.
(Definition of bind from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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