bound

1
[ bound ]
/ baʊnd /
||

verb

simple past tense and past participle of bind.

adjective

Idioms

    bound up in/with,
    1. inseparably connected with.
    2. devoted or attached to: She is bound up in her teaching.

Origin of bound

1
past participle and past tense of bind

SYNONYMS FOR bound

5 liable, obligated, obliged, compelled.

Related forms

bound·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bound up in (1 of 4)

bound

1
/ (baʊnd) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of bind

adjective

British Dictionary definitions for bound up in (2 of 4)

bound

2
/ (baʊnd) /

verb

to move forwards or make (one's way) by leaps or jumps
to bounce; spring away from an impact

noun

a jump upwards or forwards
by leaps and bounds with unexpectedly rapid progessher condition improved by leaps and bounds
a sudden pronounced sense of excitementhis heart gave a sudden bound when he saw her
a bounce, as of a ball

Word Origin for bound

C16: from Old French bond a leap, from bondir to jump, resound, from Vulgar Latin bombitīre (unattested) to buzz, hum, from Latin bombus booming sound

British Dictionary definitions for bound up in (3 of 4)

bound

3
/ (baʊnd) /

verb

(tr) to place restrictions on; limit
(when intr, foll by on) to form a boundary of (an area of land or sea, political or administrative region, etc)

noun

maths
  1. a number which is greater than all the members of a set of numbers (an upper bound), or less than all its members (a lower bound)See also bounded (def. 1)
  2. more generally, an element of an ordered set that has the same ordering relation to all the members of a given subset
  3. whence, an estimate of the extent of some set
See bounds

Word Origin for bound

C13: from Old French bonde, from Medieval Latin bodina, of Gaulish origin

British Dictionary definitions for bound up in (4 of 4)

bound

4
/ (baʊnd) /

adjective

  1. (postpositive, often foll by for) going or intending to go towards; on the way toa ship bound for Jamaica; homeward bound
  2. (in combination)northbound traffic

Word Origin for bound

C13: from Old Norse buinn, past participle of būa to prepare
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

Idioms and Phrases with bound up in (1 of 2)

bound up in

Also, bound up with. Deeply or inextricably involved in. For example, Obviously the candidate was bound up with the negotiations on the party platform, or She is bound up in her church activities. This usage appears in the Bible (Genesis 44:30): “His life is bound up in the lad's life.” [Late 1500s]


Idioms and Phrases with bound up in (2 of 2)

bound

In addition to the idioms beginning with bound

  • bound and determined to
  • bound for
  • bound hand and foot
  • bound to, be
  • bound up in

also see:

  • by leaps and bounds
  • duty bound
  • honor bound
  • out of bounds
  • within bounds

Also see underbind.


The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.