verb (used with object), bound, bind·ing.
verb (used without object), bound, bind·ing.
Origin of bind
Synonyms for bind
Antonyms for bind
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.
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
- in a bind
Also see underbound.