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Meaning & Definition of Bound in English

English

Bound

/baʊnd/

noun

1. A line determining the limits of an area

    synonym:
  • boundary
  • ,
  • edge
  • ,
  • bound

2. The line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something

    synonym:
  • boundary
  • ,
  • bound
  • ,
  • bounds

3. The greatest possible degree of something

  • "What he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior"
  • "To the limit of his ability"
    synonym:
  • limit
  • ,
  • bound
  • ,
  • boundary

4. A light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

    synonym:
  • leap
  • ,
  • leaping
  • ,
  • spring
  • ,
  • saltation
  • ,
  • bound
  • ,
  • bounce

verb

1. Move forward by leaps and bounds

  • "The horse bounded across the meadow"
  • "The child leapt across the puddle"
  • "Can you jump over the fence?"
    synonym:
  • jump
  • ,
  • leap
  • ,
  • bound
  • ,
  • spring

2. Form the boundary of

  • Be contiguous to
    synonym:
  • bound
  • ,
  • border

3. Place limits on (extent or access)

  • "Restrict the use of this parking lot"
  • "Limit the time you can spend with your friends"
    synonym:
  • restrict
  • ,
  • restrain
  • ,
  • trammel
  • ,
  • limit
  • ,
  • bound
  • ,
  • confine
  • ,
  • throttle

4. Spring back

  • Spring away from an impact
  • "The rubber ball bounced"
  • "These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide"
    synonym:
  • bounce
  • ,
  • resile
  • ,
  • take a hop
  • ,
  • spring
  • ,
  • bound
  • ,
  • rebound
  • ,
  • recoil
  • ,
  • reverberate
  • ,
  • ricochet

adjective

1. Confined by bonds

  • "Bound and gagged hostages"
    synonym:
  • bound

2. Held with another element, substance or material in chemical or physical union

    synonym:
  • bound

3. Secured with a cover or binding

  • Often used as a combining form
  • "Bound volumes"
  • "Leather-bound volumes"
    synonym:
  • bound

4. (usually followed by `to') governed by fate

  • "Bound to happen"
  • "An old house destined to be demolished"
  • "He is destined to be famous"
    synonym:
  • bound(p)
  • ,
  • destined

5. Covered or wrapped with a bandage

  • "The bandaged wound on the back of his head"
  • "An injury bound in fresh gauze"
    synonym:
  • bandaged
  • ,
  • bound

6. Headed or intending to head in a certain direction

  • Often used as a combining form as in `college-bound students'
  • "Children bound for school"
  • "A flight destined for new york"
    synonym:
  • bound
  • ,
  • destined

7. Bound by an oath

  • "A bound official"
    synonym:
  • bound

8. Bound by contract

    synonym:
  • apprenticed
  • ,
  • articled
  • ,
  • bound
  • ,
  • indentured

9. Confined in the bowels

  • "He is bound in the belly"
    synonym:
  • bound(p)

Examples of using

He is bound to her.
He bound old letters into a bundle.
He boarded a plane bound for Los Angeles.