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Main Entry: 1bind
Pronunciation: 'bInd
Function: verb
Inflected Form(s): bound /'baund/; bind·ing
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bindan; akin to Old High German bintan to bind, Greek peisma cable, Sanskrit badhnAti he ties
Date: before 12th century
transitive verb
1 a : to make secure by tying b : to confine, restrain, or restrict as if with bonds c : to put under an obligation <binds himself with an oath> d : to constrain with legal authority
2 a : to wrap around with something so as to enclose or cover b : BANDAGE
3 : to fasten round about
4 : to tie together (as stocks of wheat)
5 a : to cause to stick together b : to take up and hold (as by chemical forces) : combine with
7 : to make a firm commitment for <a handshake binds the deal>
8 : to protect, strengthen, or decorate by a band or binding
9 : to apply the parts of the cover to (a book)
10 : to set at work as an apprentice : INDENTURE
11 : to cause to have an emotional attachment
12 : to fasten together <a pin bound the ends of the scarf>
intransitive verb
1 a : to form a cohesive mass b : to combine or be taken up especially by chemical action <antibody binds to a specific antigen>
2 : to hamper free movement or natural action
3 : to become hindered from free operation
4 : to exert a restraining or compelling effect <a promise that binds>