[ bon-ding ]
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  1. Psychology, Animal Behavior.

    • a relationship that usually begins at the time of birth between a parent and offspring and that establishes the basis for an ongoing mutual attachment.

    • the establishment of a pair bond.

  2. a close friendship that develops between adults, often as a result of intense experiences, as those shared in military combat.

  1. Dentistry. a technique or procedure for restoring the discolored or damaged surface of a tooth by coating it with a highly durable resinous material that adheres to the existing enamel.

Origin of bonding

First recorded in 1670–80, for an earlier sense; bond1 + -ing1

Words Nearby bonding Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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British Dictionary definitions for bonding


/ (ˈbɒndɪŋ) /

  1. the process by which individuals become emotionally attached to one another: See also pair bond

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