bind1 [ baınd ] (past tense and past participle bound [ baund ] ) verb ***
▸ 1 tie something
▸ 2 unite people
▸ 3 force someone to obey rule
▸ 4 fasten book together
▸ 5 when substances mix
▸ 6 decorate edges
1. ) transitive to tie someone's hands or feet together so they cannot move:
bind someone/something with something: They bound his hands with a rope.
be bound and gagged (=to be tied up and have a cloth tied around your mouth): He was found bound and gagged in the trunk of a car.
a ) bind or bind up to wind a length of cloth, RIBBON, etc. around something several times:
Bind the wound up and leave it.
bind something with something: His bare feet were bound with strips of rag.
b ) to tie a number of things together:
bind something together: The papers were loosely bound together with string.
2. ) transitive to make two people or groups feel as if they are connected to each other in a very close way:
bind someone together: The troubles they had shared bound them much closer together.
3. ) transitive often passive to limit what someone is allowed to do by making them obey a rule or agreement:
bind someone to do something: The treaty binds each country to reduce pollution levels.
4. ) transitive to fasten the pages of a book together and put a cover on it:
a beautifully bound journal
5. ) intransitive or transitive if two substances bind, or if you bind two substances, they stick or mix together and become one substance:
Add in a little milk to bind the mixture.
6. ) transitive to decorate something or make it stronger by fastening a long piece of cloth along or around the edges:
a black vest bound with gold cord
bind 2 [ baınd ] noun INFORMAL
be a bind BRITISH
to be annoying, difficult, or not convenient:
It's a real bind having to go all that way by train.
in a bind
in a difficult situation:
get in a bind: If you ever get in a bind you can always call us.

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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