bound1 [ baund ] adjective not usually before noun **
1. ) bound to something that is bound to happen will almost certainly happen:
If you have problems at home, it's bound to affect your work.
Knowing Jim, he's bound to be late.
The kids are out late, so of course she's bound to worry.
She's bound to find out sooner or later.
2. ) having an obligation to do something because of a law, promise, etc.:
By signing the contract you agree to be bound by its terms.
be bound by something to do something: If her patient threatens to kill someone, she is bound by law to inform the police.
a ) feeling that you should do something because you are expected to, or because it is morally right, even if you do not really want to do it:
be/feel bound to do something: We felt bound to tell her that her son had been taking drugs.
duty/honor bound: reporters who feel honor bound to protect their sources of information
3. ) a bound book has a leather, cloth, or paper cover:
a bound volume of the whole trilogy
bound in: an old book of poems, bound in dark leather
be bound up/together
people or things that are bound together are connected by qualities that they all share:
families who are bound together by their shared experiences
be bound up in/with something
ideas, feelings, or issues that are bound up with each other are connected very closely, so that it is difficult to think of them separately:
His political philosophy was closely bound up with his religious beliefs.
Climate change is closely bound up in the whole issue of energy consumption.
bound for...
1. ) traveling toward a place:
The drugs were found on a container ship that was bound for Florida.
Their plane was bound for Los Angeles.
2. ) very likely to do something in the future:
Stan was doing a Master's at Harvard, and bound for a career in finance.
I'll be bound OLD-FASHIONED
used when you have said something that you are certain is true
bound 2 [ baund ] verb intransitive
1. ) bound into/across/toward to run or jump taking large steps when you are full of energy or excitement:
Polly came bounding into the room holding a letter.
2. ) to suddenly increase in value or become more successful:
Internet stocks were bounding ahead.
be bounded by something FORMAL
if an area is bounded by a fence, trees, a river, etc., this is what is around its edge
bound 3 [ baund ] noun
1. ) bounds plural limits that affect and control what can happen or what people are able to do:
within bounds: Students are allowed, within reasonable bounds, to use calculators in class.
within the bounds of something: a decision that is not within the bounds of the mayor's authority
beyond/outside the bounds of something: investment advice that goes beyond the bounds of good sense
2. ) count MAINLY LITERARY a long or high jump
know no bounds FORMAL
a feeling or quality that knows no bounds is very strong and seems to have no limits:
Her generosity knew no bounds.
out of bounds
1. ) if a place is out of bounds, you are not allowed to go there:
out of bounds to: The border areas were still out of bounds to tourists.
2. ) if a subject is out of bounds, you are not allowed to talk about it, know about it, etc.:
Details of his private life are strictly out of bounds.
3. ) outside the playing area in some sports such as football or basketball
=> LEAP 2
bound 4
the past tense and past participle of bind1

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

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