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1 bound
1 bound
Learner's definition of BOUND
past tense and past participle of 1bind
2 bound /ˈbaʊnd/ adjective
2 bound
/ˈbaʊnd/
adjective
Learner's definition of BOUND
not used before a noun : very likely or certain to do or to be something
: unlikely or unable to change, develop, move, etc., because of being held or controlled by something often used in combination
see also deskbound, fogbound, housebound, icebound, muscle-bound, snowbound
: tied together with something (such as a string or rope) see also 1bind 1, 2
not used before a noun : closely joined or connected to other people
see also 1bind 7
not used before a noun : required by law or duty to do something
see also 1bind 5
: held together or covered with a particular type of material often + in often used in combination
see also 1bind 11

bound and determined

: very determined

bound up

: closely involved or associated : greatly affected
usually + with

I'll be bound

British, old-fashioned
used to stress that you are sure of something you have said
compare 3bound
3 bound /ˈbaʊnd/ adjective
3 bound
/ˈbaʊnd/
adjective
Learner's definition of BOUND
: going or planning to go to a specified place
often + for
see also eastbound, homebound, inbound, northbound, outbound, southbound, westbound
compare 2bound
4 bound /ˈbaʊnd/ noun
plural bounds
4 bound
/ˈbaʊnd/
noun
plural bounds
Learner's definition of BOUND
[count]
: a leap or long jump

by/in leaps and bounds

see 2leap
compare 6bound
5 bound /ˈbaʊnd/ verb
bounds; bounded; bounding
5 bound
/ˈbaʊnd/
verb
bounds; bounded; bounding
Learner's definition of BOUND
always followed by an adverb or preposition [no object]
: to move by jumping : to walk or run with long, energetic steps
compare 7bound
6 bound /ˈbaʊnd/ noun
plural bounds
6 bound
/ˈbaʊnd/
noun
plural bounds
Learner's definition of BOUND
bounds [plural] : the point at which something (such as an idea or someone's behavior) stops being good or acceptable : the limit of what is correct or proper
[count] : something that shows where one area ends and another area begins usually plural

know no bounds

: to have no limit

in bounds

: inside the area where players or the ball must stay in sports like basketball and American football

out of bounds

: outside the area where players or the ball must stay in sports like basketball and American football
: not good or acceptable
used to describe a place where people are not allowed to go
used to describe something that people are not allowed to discuss or mention
compare 4bound
7 bound /ˈbaʊnd/ verb
bounds; bounded; bounding
7 bound
/ˈbaʊnd/
verb
bounds; bounded; bounding
Learner's definition of BOUND
[+ object]
: to form a border around (an area) usually used as (be) bounded
compare 5bound
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