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  1. something that binds, fastens, confines, or holds together.

  2. a cord, rope, band, or ligament.

  1. something that binds a person or persons to a certain circumstance or line of behavior: the bond of matrimony.

  2. something, as an agreement or friendship, that unites individuals or peoples into a group; covenant: the bond between nations.

  3. binding security; firm assurance: My word is my bond.

  4. a sealed instrument under which a person, corporation, or government guarantees to pay a stated sum of money on or before a specified day.

  5. any written obligation under seal.

  6. Law. a written promise of a surety.

  7. Government. the state of dutiable goods stored without payment of duties or taxes until withdrawn: goods in bond.

  8. Also called bond·ed whis·key . a whiskey that has been aged at least four years in a bonded warehouse before bottling.

  9. Finance. a certificate of ownership of a specified portion of a debt due to be paid by a government or corporation to an individual holder and usually bearing a fixed rate of interest.

  10. Insurance.

    • a surety agreement.

    • the money deposited, or the promissory arrangement entered into, under any such agreement.

  11. a substance that causes particles to adhere; binder.

  12. adhesion between two substances or objects, as concrete and reinforcing strands.

  13. Also called chem·i·cal bond .Chemistry. the attraction between atoms in a molecule or crystalline structure.: Compare coordinate bond, covalent bond, hydrogen bond, ionic bond, metallic bond.

  14. Masonry.

    • any of various arrangements of bricks, stones, etc., having a regular pattern and intended to increase the strength or enhance the appearance of a construction.

    • the overlap of bricks, stones, etc., in a construction so as to increase its strength.

  15. Electricity. an electric conductor placed between adjacent metal parts within a structure, as in a railroad track, aircraft, or house, to prevent the accumulation of static electricity.

  16. Obsolete. bondsman1.

verb (used with object)
  1. to put (goods, an employee, official, etc.) on or under bond: The company refused to bond a former criminal.

  2. to connect or bind.

  1. Finance. to place a bonded debt on or secure a debt by bonds; mortgage.

  2. to join (two materials).

  3. Masonry. to lay (bricks, stones, etc.) so as to produce a strong construction.

  4. Electricity. to provide with a bond: to bond a railroad track.

  5. to establish a close emotional relationship to or with (another): the special period when a mother bonds to her infant.

verb (used without object)
  1. to hold together or cohere, from or as from being bonded, as bricks in a wall or particles in a mass.

  2. Psychology, Animal Behavior. to establish a bonding.

Origin of bond

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English noun bond, band, bound; variant of band3

synonym study For bond

3. Bond, link, tie agree in referring to a force or influence that unites people. Bond, however, usually emphasizes the strong and enduring quality of affection, whereas tie may refer more especially to duty, obligation, or responsibility: bonds of memory; Blessed be the tie that binds; family ties. A link is a definite connection, though a slighter one; it may indicate affection or merely some traceable influence or desultory communication: a close link between friends.

Other words for bond

Other words from bond

  • bond·a·ble, adjective
  • bond·er, noun
  • bond·less, adjective

Words Nearby bond

Other definitions for bond (2 of 3)

[ bond ]

  1. a serf or slave.

  1. in serfdom or slavery.

Origin of bond

First recorded before 1050; Middle English bonde, bande, bounde “tenant farmer, villager,”Old English bonda “husband, head of a household,” from Old Norse bōndi “farmer, peasant,” contraction of unattested bōande, variant of būande, cognate with Old English būend “dweller,” equivalent to bū(an) “to dwell” + -end noun suffix, as in fiend, friend;see also boor, husbandman

Other definitions for Bond (3 of 3)

[ bond ]

  1. Car·rie (Min·et·ta) [kar-ee mi-net-uh] /ˈkær i ˌmɪˈnɛt ə/ Carrie Jacobs-Bond, 1862–1946, U.S. songwriter and author.

  2. Ju·li·an, 1940–2015, U.S. civil rights leader and politician. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use bond in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bond (1 of 2)


/ (bɒnd) /

  1. something that binds, fastens, or holds together, such as a chain or rope

  2. (often plural) something that brings or holds people together; tie: a bond of friendship

  1. (plural) something that restrains or imprisons; captivity or imprisonment

  2. something that governs behaviour; obligation; duty

  3. a written or spoken agreement, esp a promise: marriage bond

  4. adhesive quality or strength

  5. finance a certificate of debt issued in order to raise funds. It carries a fixed rate of interest and is repayable with or without security at a specified future date

  6. law a written acknowledgment of an obligation to pay a sum or to perform a contract

  7. insurance, US and Canadian a policy guaranteeing payment of a stated sum to an employer in compensation for financial losses incurred through illegal or unauthorized acts of an employee

  8. any of various arrangements of bricks or stones in a wall in which they overlap so as to provide strength

  9. in bond commerce deposited in a bonded warehouse

verb(mainly tr)
  1. (also intr) to hold or be held together, as by a rope or an adhesive; bind; connect

  2. aeronautics to join (metallic parts of an aircraft) together such that they are electrically interconnected

  1. to put or hold (goods) in bond

  2. law to place under bond

  3. finance to issue bonds on; mortgage

  4. to arrange (bricks, etc) in a bond

Origin of bond

C13: from Old Norse band; see band ²

British Dictionary definitions for Bond (2 of 2)


/ (bɒnd) /

  1. Edward . born 1934, British dramatist: his plays, including Saved (1965), Lear (1971), Restoration (1981), and In the Company of Men (1990), are noted for their violent imagery and socialist commitment

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Scientific definitions for bond


[ bŏnd ]

  1. A force of attraction that holds atoms or ions together in a molecule or crystal. Bonds are usually created by a transfer or sharing of one or more electrons. There are single, double, and triple bonds. See also coordinate bond covalent bond ionic bond metallic bond polar bond.

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Cultural definitions for bond


A security issued by a corporation or public body and usually carrying a fixed rate of interest and a set date, called the bond's maturity, for redemption of the principal. Like a stock, a bond is a type of investment, but unlike a stock, a bond has a definite, but not necessarily fixed, yield. Some bonds have a feature known as a call, which gives the borrower an option to pay off the principal of the bond before its maturity, the date when the bond is due to be redeemed. (See municipal bonds and Treasury bills.)

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