There are 2 definitions of bound in English:

bound1

Syllabification: bound
Pronunciation: /bound
 
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verb

[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.
Synonyms
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.

noun

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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.
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Origin

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:

bound2

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

adjective

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1 [in combination] Restricted or confined to a specified place: his job kept him city-bound
Synonyms
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
Synonyms
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
Synonyms
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.
5Constipated.

Phrases

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.
Synonyms
connected, linked, tied, united, allied

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