Origin of bind

before 1000; Middle English binden (v.), Old English bindan; cognate with Old High German bintan, Old Norse binda, Gothic bindan, Sanskrit bandhati (he) binds
Related formsbind·a·ble, adjectivemis·bind, verb, mis·bound, mis·bind·ing.re·bind, verb, re·bound, re·bind·ing.
Can be confusedbind bound

Synonyms for bind

Antonyms for bind

1. untie.
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British Dictionary definitions for bind over

bind over


(tr, adverb) to place (a person) under a legal obligation, such as one to keep the peace


verb binds, binding or bound

to make or become fast or secure with or as if with a tie or band
(tr often foll by up) to encircle or enclose with a bandto bind the hair
(tr) to place (someone) under obligation; oblige
(tr) to impose legal obligations or duties upon (a person or party to an agreement)
(tr) to make (a bargain, agreement, etc) irrevocable; seal
(tr) to restrain or confine with or as if with ties, as of responsibility or loyalty
(tr) to place under certain constraints; govern
(tr often foll by up) to bandage or swatheto bind a wound
to cohere or stick or cause to cohere or stickegg binds fat and flour
to make or become compact, stiff, or hardfrost binds the earth
  1. (tr)to enclose and fasten (the pages of a book) between covers
  2. (intr)(of a book) to undergo this process
(tr) to provide (a garment, hem, etc) with a border or edging, as for decoration or to prevent fraying
(tr; sometimes foll by out or over) to employ as an apprentice; indenture
(intr) slang to complain
(tr) logic to bring (a variable) into the scope of an appropriate quantifierSee also bound 1 (def. 9)


something that binds
the act of binding or state of being bound
informal a difficult or annoying situation
another word for bine
music another word for tie (def. 17)
mining clay between layers of coal
fencing a pushing movement with the blade made to force one's opponent's sword from one line into another
chess a position in which one player's pawns have a hold on the centre that makes it difficult for the opponent to advance there
See also bind over

Word Origin for bind

Old English bindan; related to Old Norse binda, Old High German bintan, Latin offendix band ², Sanskrit badhnāti he binds
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Word Origin and History for bind over



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.

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bind over in Science



To combine with, form a bond with, or be taken up by a chemical or chemical structure. An enzyme, for example, is structured in such a way as to be able to bind with its substrate.
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Idioms and Phrases with bind over

bind over

Oblige someone to do or not do something; hold on bail or keep under bond. For example, The sheriff will bind over the murder suspect to the homicide division. This phrase is nearly always used in a legal context. [Late 1500s]


In addition to the idioms beginning with bind

  • bind hand and foot
  • bind over

also see:

  • in a bind

Also see underbound.

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