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American English: /baɪnd/
British English: /bʌɪnd/

Translation of bind in Spanish:

transitive verb past tense & past participle bound

  • 1 (tie, fasten)
    their hands and feet were bound
    los ataron or amarraron de pies y manos
    the ties that bind us to our loved ones
    los lazos que nos unen a los seres queridos
    Example sentences
    • Within a few seconds, its forelegs were bound together tightly, and its tail was fastened to its hind legs.
    • Religion and art are tightly bound together, interpenetrating each other.
    • Dominick's hands and feet were bound together by thick rope and he could not stand up or attempt to escape.
    Example sentences
    • She was bound from head to foot, her mouth gagged.
    • It was rather weak at first, but grew so rapidly that, had he been able to do anything other then feel pain, he might have ripped himself free from the restraints that bound him.
    • Two medical personnel had just shot her mother with a tranquilizer dart and had bound her with restraining cloth.
  • 2 2.1 (wrap) they bind their heads with turbans
    se envuelven la cabeza con turbantes
    Example sentences
    • Viviane's deep red hair was bound up into a bun, although some of her hair was free anyway and very curly.
    • To prevent fluid buildup, she used bandages to bind her legs tightly, from toe to thigh, for 10 hours a day.
    • Some bundles of cardboard are bound in a way that airlines can use them as ballast, an extra weight required when the plane doesn't have enough cargo or passengers.

    bind (up)

    Example sentences
    • A passing taxi driver saw him, stopped to bind his wounds with bandages from his first aid kit, thus saving his life, and called an ambulance.
    • He dealt with that first, smearing salve over the bandage with which he bound the wound, and then attended to the many bruises.
    • Soon, she had cleaned the wounds, and bound them with bandages.
    2.3 (in sewing) to bind off (US)
  • 3 3.1 (oblige, force) signing this document doesn't bind you to anything
    la firma de este documento no lo obliga or compromete a nada
    they are bound by law to supply the goods
    están obligados por ley a suministrar los artículos
    Example sentences
    • But Samantha Leigh, prosecuting, said trouble started in 1998 when Henson received a bind over from magistrates for a common assault on Mrs Williams.
    • It can be inferred from the decision which he made to seek a bind over at that time that he had concluded, at that point at least, that there was still a risk of a continued breach of the peace.
    • Where the State meets its burden of proof at the preliminary examination on the charged crime, the court lacks authority to dismiss the charged crime and bind defendant over to stand trial on a lesser degree of the charged crime, all as more fully set forth in the opinion.
    3.2 (constrain)to be bound by something (to + infinitive)you are still bound by your promise
    sigues estando obligado a cumplir lo que prometiste
    she feels bound by her own code of ethics to …
    siente que, de acuerdo a sus principios, es su deber …
  • 4
    Example sentences
    • Finally, the quires of pages are bound between two wooden covers and the spine is tied with damp leather.
    • The pages were then passed on to the next artist who worked on them and participants didn't see their work until the finished pages were bound into books.
    • She explains that she's bound the pages in red because to the Cherokee the colour symbolises wisdom through wounding.
  • 5 (Cooking)
    Example sentences
    • You may need to use a little bit of cold water to get it to bind together.
    • Set aside to cool, then stir in the egg whites to bind together.
    • Mix in the chopped spinach and spicy mushroom mix, then bind together with the egg white.

intransitive verb past tense & past participle bound

  • 1 (stick together)
  • 2 (become stuck, jam)
    Example sentences
    • Also, they were bound with several bands of intricately carved bronze.
    • The metal doors were bound with lock and chain but they were also partially unhinged from the wall.
    • The handle and hilt were bound with thick black material.


  • 1 (difficult situation) to be in a bind
    estar en un aprieto or apuro
    estar metido en un lío [colloquial]
    to put somebody in a bind
    poner a alguien en un aprieto or apuro
    Example sentences
    • Two months into his second term, he is in one of the toughest political binds of his presidency.
    • Russia is in a political bind of its own creation, specifically over the Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty.
    • With accountability so popular, however, the unions and their allies found themselves in a political bind.
  • 2 (nuisance) (British)
    lata (feminine) [colloquial]
    plomo (masculine) [colloquial]
    what a bind!
    ¡qué lata or plomo! [colloquial]
    ¡qué rollo! (Spain) [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • The travel can be a bit of a bind but then you get days like one at Catterick recently when it was five-hour round trip for one ride - but it won!
    • Work is a bit of a bind at the mo ’, seem to be suffering from a bad case of post festive season wind up.
    • Seven days in a hotel can be a bit of a bind sometimes, but there is a feeling of excitement about this tour, a buzz: we all know something special is just around the corner.

Phrasal verbs

bind over

verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object
the judge had him bound over to the sheriff (US)
quedó bajo la custodia del sheriff por disposición judicial
they were bound over to keep the peace (British)
quedaron bajo apercibimiento

bind up in

verb + object + adverb + preposition + object (usually passive)
to be bound up in something (absorbed, engrossed)
estar enfrascado en algo
they are very bound up in each other
están muy encerrados en su relación

bind up with

verb + object + adverb + preposition + object (usually passive)
1 (dependent on) to be bound up with something
estar estrechamente ligado or vinculado a algo
2bind up in
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