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"bound" in British English

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boundadjective

uk   /baʊnd/  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 (DIRECTION)

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

boundverb

uk   /baʊnd/  us   /baʊnd/

boundnoun

uk   /baʊnd/  us   /baʊnd/

-boundsuffix

uk   / -baʊnd/  us   / -baʊnd/
  • -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 (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
(Definition of bound from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bound" in American English

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bound

 us   /bɑʊnd/
  • bound (TIE)

past simple and past participle of bind

boundadjective

 us   /bɑʊnd/
  • bound adjective (CERTAIN)

  • bound adjective (TIED)

[not gradable] tied tightly or fastened: Several of the prisoners had been bound.
  • bound adjective (FORCED)

having a moral or legal duty to do something: She is not legally bound to pay the debts, but she has agreed to do it anyway.
  • bound adjective (TOWARD)

[not gradable] traveling in the direction of: She was on a plane bound for Fairbanks. fig. These two young musicians are bound for success.

boundverb

 us   /bɑʊnd/
  • bound verb (LIMIT)

[T] to mark or form the limits of: The town is bounded on one side by a river.
  • bound verb (JUMP)

boundnoun [C]

 /bɑʊnd/
  • bound noun [C] (JUMP)

a quick, large jump: With one bound the dog was over the fence.
(Definition of bound from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bound" in Business English

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boundadjective

uk   us   /baʊnd/
[after noun] LAW having a legal duty to do something: be bound to do sth Because of international treaty obligations, the Government is legally bound to consider every asylum claim.be bound by sth Many government agencies are bound by a federal order to adequately serve speakers of other languages or risk losing funding.
[before noun] COMMERCE kept at or below an agreed or allowed level: a bound level/rate/tariff Overall, the percentage of developed countries' imports of industrial goods under bound rates rose from 94% to 99%.
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