verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to hold together or cohere, from or as from being bonded, as bricks in a wall or particles in a mass.
Psychology, Animal Behavior. to establish a bonding.

Origin of bond

1175–1225; Middle English (noun); variant of band3
Related formsbond·a·ble, adjectivebond·a·bil·i·ty, nounbond·er, nounbond·less, adjectiveun·bond·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms for bond

1. bonds, chains, fetters.

Synonym study

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.




a serf or slave.


in serfdom or slavery.

Origin of bond

before 1050; Middle English bonde, Old English bonda < Old Norse bōndi husbandman, contraction of *bōande, variant of būande, cognate with Old English būend dweller, equivalent to bū(an) to dwell (see boor) + -end noun suffix, as in fiend, friend Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bonds

Contemporary Examples of bonds

Historical Examples of bonds

  • Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection.

  • At sundown of the second day he began to complain of the irksomeness of his bonds.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Why not leave it and the goods on it to her and take the mortgages and bonds with him?


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • And this we must not say to each other even now, by all the bonds of mutual honor and self-respect.

    In the Valley

    Harold Frederic

  • He could feel for those in the bonds of sin and despair, as bound with them.

British Dictionary definitions for bonds



Barry (Lamar). born 1964, US baseball player: holder of records for most home runs in a season (73) and a career (762)



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



something that binds, fastens, or holds together, such as a chain or rope
(often plural) something that brings or holds people together; tiea bond of friendship
(plural) something that restrains or imprisons; captivity or imprisonment
something that governs behaviour; obligation; duty
a written or spoken agreement, esp a promisemarriage bond
adhesive quality or strength
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
law a written acknowledgment of an obligation to pay a sum or to perform a contract
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
any of various arrangements of bricks or stones in a wall in which they overlap so as to provide strength
in bond commerce deposited in a bonded warehouse

verb (mainly tr)

(also intr) to hold or be held together, as by a rope or an adhesive; bind; connect
aeronautics to join (metallic parts of an aircraft) together such that they are electrically interconnected
to put or hold (goods) in bond
law to place under bond
finance to issue bonds on; mortgage
to arrange (bricks, etc) in a bond

Word Origin for bond

C13: from Old Norse band; see band ²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bonds



early 13c., "anything that binds," phonetic variant of band (n.1). For vowel change, see long (adj.); also influenced by Old English bonda "householder," literally "dweller" (see bondage). Legalistic sense first recorded 1590s.



1670s (transitive), from bond (n.). Intransitive sense from 1836. Originally of things; of persons by 1969. Related: Bonded; bonding. Male bonding attested by 1969.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bonds in Medicine




The linkage or force holding two neighboring atoms of a molecule in place and resisting their separation, usually accomplished by the transfer or sharing of one or more electrons or pairs of electrons between the atoms.
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bonds in Science



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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bonds in Culture


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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