bound to, be

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]


Nearby words

  1. bound,
  2. bound and determined to,
  3. bound for,
  4. bound form,
  5. bound hand and foot,
  6. bound up in,
  7. bound variable,
  8. boundary,
  9. boundary commission,
  10. boundary condition

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