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Be certain or destined to; also, be determined or resolved to. For example, We are bound to hear from them soon, or No matter what they say, she is bound to run for mayor. This usage is derived from the older sense of bound as “obliged.” [Mid-1500s]
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What does be bound to mean?
Be bound to is a phrase that means something is certain to happen or is destined to be true, as in There are bound to be useful books at the library. In other words, it is a near guarantee that there will be useful books at the library (it’s what libraries are for, after all).
Be bound to can also mean someone is determined to do something, as in Despite everyone telling him it was a bad idea, Jack was bound to chase after that bear. That is, Jack is resolved to chase after the bear. (Jack should really rethink that idea.)
Example: Our cat is bound to try to eat the goldfish unless we keep an eye on her.
Where does be bound to come from?
The first records of the phrase be bound to come from around 1550, although it is possible the phrase was used even earlier. The modern meaning of be bound to comes from an older sense of the word bound, meaning “obliged” or “compelled.”
Be bound to is used to express a lot of confidence in a future event or outcome. You wouldn’t use it if you were guessing or were unsure about what will happen. Similarly, be bound to is used to describe a person who is filled with conviction and dedication rather than a person who is hesitant or undecided.
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Be bound to is a phrase most frequently used to state that something is definitely going to happen.
Well. I made it through a year plus of virtual news conferences without being the guy asking a question on mute. It was bound to happen eventually…
— Martin MacMahon (@martinmacmahon) April 28, 2021
First fantasy football draft kicks off in 20 mins. I've got the first pick. With a name like the Royal Tannehills, I'm bound to screw it up.
— Kevin DeShazo (@KevinDeShazo) August 28, 2012
Walking up this hill with an injured knee is bound to be a disaster
— Jeff (@JeffyG11) January 25, 2014
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It was bound to rain today, so I brought an umbrella just in case.
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What 15 months in a federal correction institution will be like, according to a man who counsels to-be inmates.How a ‘Real Housewife’ Survives Prison: ‘I Don’t See [Teresa Giudice] Having a Cakewalk Here’|Michael Howard|January 6, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That act forever sealed his feeling for the Chief, bound it up with the war, with violence, with the gun.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile|Robert Ward|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
That means the F-35 will be almost entirely reliant on long-range air-to-air missiles.
It will still carry a pair of Raytheon AIM-120 AMRAAM long-range air-to-air missiles and a pair of bombs.
The lack of a gun is not likely to be a major problem for close-in air-to-air dogfights against other jets.
On the thirteenth of the same month they bound to the stake, in order to burn alive, a man who had two religious in his house.
Each day she resolved, "To-morrow I will tell Felipe;" and when to-morrow came, she put it off again.Ramona|Helen Hunt Jackson
A small book, bound in full purple calf, lay half hidden in a nest of fine tissue paper on the dressing-table.
All the operations of her brain related themselves somehow to to-morrow afternoon.
"Buy something for your wife that-is-to-be," he said to his grand-nephew, as he handed him the folded paper.The Pit Town Coronet, Volume I (of 3)|Charles James Wills