There are 2 definitions of bound in English:


Syllabification: bound
Pronunciation: /bound


[no object]
1Walk or run with leaping strides: Louis came bounding down the stairs the dog bounded up to him
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  • Sally bounded up to him when he walked into the building alone the next morning.
  • We do not know who won the high jump or the triple jump except that a couple of Swedes have gone bounding down the track in delight.
  • Valentine sensed the relaxed atmosphere and bounded up to Aimée, jumping up on her.
1.1(Of an object, typically a round one) rebound from a surface: bullets bounded off the veranda
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  • Painter Henri Matisse had rooms overlooking the market, and you could see where he got his inspiration as the sunlight bounded off ochre walls in these tall, narrow streets.
  • The ball bounded off the wall and Jeter went into second standing up.
  • I didn't glance up from my plate until a roll bounded off the side of my head.


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A leaping movement upward: I went up the steps in two effortless bounds
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  • Water was run across, buildings were leapt in a single bound, swords made appropriately dramatic sounds as they were sliced through the air.
  • But only recently have videogames started making leaps and bounds towards a unified interactive product.
  • In a single bound, he leaped over a Texas blocker to force a game-sealing interception earlier this year.


early 16th century (as a noun): from French bond (noun), bondir (verb) 'resound', later 'rebound', from late Latin bombitare, from Latin bombus 'humming'.

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There are 2 definitions of bound in English:


Syllabification: bound
Pronunciation: /
past and past participle of bind.


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1 [in combination] Restricted or confined to a specified place: his job kept him city-bound
tied, chained, fettered, shackled, secured, tied up
1.1Prevented from operating normally by the specified conditions: blizzard-bound Boston
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  • Traditionally, they are duty bound to defer to the wishes of their parents.
  • Then you're duty bound to do the right thing so you just do what you're told and get on with it.
  • The Department was duty bound to protect the interests of the members who had contributed to this amount.
2 [with infinitive] Certain to do or have something: there is bound to be a change of plan
certain, sure, very likely, destined, fated, doomed
2.1Obliged by law, circumstances, or duty to do something: I’m bound to do what I can to help Sam I’m bound to say that I’m not sure
obligated, obliged, compelled, required, constrained, forced
3 [in combination] (Of a book) having a specified binding: fine leather-bound books
4 Linguistics (Of a morpheme) unable to occur alone, e.g., dis- in dismount.
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  • An analogous account can be given of many of the bound morphemes of English and other languages.
  • Thus, the question of whether the syllable status of the bound morpheme may affect the base-suffix segmentation was examined.
  • The result is a bound phrase, in the parlance of linguists, that takes its meaning from the context in which it is used.


bound up in

Focusing on, to the exclusion of all else: she was too bound up in her own misery to care that other people were hurt

bound up with (or in)

Closely connected with or related to: democracy is bound up with a measure of economic and social equality
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  • The outcome of an act of discipline is closely bound up with how a child experiences that relationship.
  • Let me warn you to remember that the salvation of your soul, and nothing less, is closely bound up with the subject.
  • It's too big a subject - too bound up with who I was, who I wanted to be and who I've become.
connected, linked, tied, united, allied

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