verb (used with object), bound, bind·ing.
verb (used without object), bound, bind·ing.
Origin of bind
Synonyms for bind
Antonyms for bind
Related Words for bindpickle, predicament, dilemma, quandary, crunch, cover, unite, strap, restrict, attach, shackle, handcuff, connect, wrap, tether, dress, stick, engage, oblige, require
Examples from the Web for bind
Contemporary Examples of bind
By announcing this meeting with such feel-good publicity, they are placing their successors in quite a bind.Plotting Nicea III Could Be Pope Francis's Masterstroke
June 8, 2014
On Escobar's order, Popeye took Mendoza hostage in the warden's house while Escobar tried to figure his way out of the bind.Pablo Escobar’s Private Prison Is Now Run by Monks for Senior Citizens
June 7, 2014
This has put Ukrainian gay activists and their allies in a bind.The Closeted Revolution: Kiev’s Gays Keep Quiet to Deny Putin a Propaganda Win
April 1, 2014
It is precisely the ability of WGA to bind to proteins lining the gut that raises concern amongst medical researchers.Wheat Threatens All Humans, New Research Shows
David Perlmutter, MD
December 10, 2013
Finally, Mandela understood the ties that bind the human spirit.Full Text of President Obama's Eulogy for Nelson Mandela
The Daily Beast
December 10, 2013
Historical Examples of bind
Unfortunately, it does not bind me more than I am bound; but it binds you, Rosa, you.
Well, then, be it so; but loving me does not bind you too much.
Bind me over again to my good behaviour you may, by a single word.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
The people who matter to us are the people who rest us—and calm us—and bind up our wounds.The Coryston Family
Mrs. Humphry Ward
We cannot break the links which bind the individual to the race.The Truth About Woman
C. Gasquoine Hartley
verb binds, binding or bound
- (tr)to enclose and fasten (the pages of a book) between covers
- (intr)(of a book) to undergo this process
Word Origin for bind
Old English bindan "to tie up with bonds" (literally and figuratively), also "to make captive; to cover with dressings and bandages" (class III strong verb; past tense band, past participle bunden), from Proto-Germanic *bindan (cf. Old Saxon bindan, Old Norse and Old Frisian binda, Old High German binten "to bind," German binden, Gothic bindan), from PIE root *bhendh- "to bind" (see bend). Intransitive sense of "stick together" is from 1670s. Of books, from c.1400.
"anything that binds," in various senses, late Old English, from bind (v.). Meaning "tight or awkward situation" is from 1851.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bind
- bind hand and foot
- bind over
- in a bind
Also see underbound.