bound

1
[ bound ]
/ baʊnd /
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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

Definition for bounds (2 of 3)

bound

2
[ bound ]
/ baʊnd /

verb (used without object)

to move by leaps; leap; jump; spring: The colt bounded through the meadow.
to rebound, as a ball; bounce: The ball bounded against the wall.

noun

a leap onward or upward; jump.
a rebound; bounce.

Origin of bound

2
1545–55; < Middle French bond a leap, bondir to leap, orig. resound ≪ Vulgar Latin *bombitīre for *bombitāre to buzz, whiz (Latin bomb(us) (see bomb) + -it- intensive suffix + -ā- thematic vowel + -re infinitive suffix)

SYNONYMS FOR bound

1 See skip1.

Related forms

bound·ing·ly, adverb

Can be confused

bind bound

Definition for bounds (3 of 3)

bound

3
[ bound ]
/ baʊnd /

noun


verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to abut.

Origin of bound

3
1175–1225; Middle English bounde < Anglo-French; Old French bone, bonde, variant of bodne < Medieval Latin budina, of uncertain origin; cf. bourn2

SYNONYMS FOR bound

Related forms

bound·a·ble, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for bounds (1 of 5)

bounds

/ (baʊndz) /

pl n

(sometimes singular) a limit; boundary (esp in the phrase know no bounds)
something that restrains or confines, esp the standards of a societywithin the bounds of modesty
beat the bounds See beat (def. 26)

See also out of bounds

British Dictionary definitions for bounds (2 of 5)

bound

1
/ (baʊnd) /

verb

the past tense and past participle of bind

adjective

British Dictionary definitions for bounds (3 of 5)

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 bounds (4 of 5)

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 bounds (5 of 5)

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
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Idioms and Phrases with bounds

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.


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