Meaning of “bind” in the English Dictionary

"bind" in British English

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bindverb

uk /baɪnd/ us /baɪnd/ bound, bound

C2 [ T ] to tie something tightly or to fasten something:

They bound the packages with brightly coloured ribbon.
Bind together the two broken ends.
The prisoner was bound hand and foot.

C2 [ T ] to unite people:

The things that bind them together are greater than their differences.

[ 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 stick material along the edges of something such as a jacket, in order to make it stronger or to decorate it

[ T ] to make separate pieces 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 solid mass:

The mixture wouldn't bind (together).

More examples

  • He had been bound and gagged and left in a cell for three days.
  • We tore up some material and bound up the wound as tight as we could.
  • All 15 of the republics are in some ways loosening the ties that bind them to Moscow.
  • The manuscript has been bound in gold and silver and encrusted with jewels.
  • Graham found a length of frayed rope and used it to bind the man's hands and legs.

Phrasal verb(s)

bindnoun [ S ]

uk /baɪnd/ us /baɪnd/ informal

(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 wooden boxes bound with twisted wire.
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/

bind noun [ U ] (UNPLEASANT SITUATION)

a difficult situation in which none of the choices available are good:

If you lose a lot of your customers, 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 /baɪnd/ us

LAW if a legal agreement 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 road.
be bound to sth We are bound to the original contract

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 industrial tariffs at a uniform ceiling rate of 50%.
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(Definition of “bind” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)