bind


bind
bind [bīnd]
vt.
bound, binding [ME binden < OE bindan < IE base * bhendh- > BAND1, BEND1, Sans badhnā́ti, (he) binds, Goth bindan]
1. to tie together; make fast or tight, as with a rope or band
2. to hold or restrain as if tied or tied down [bound by convention]
3. to gird or encircle with a belt, girdle, etc.; wrap or fasten around
4. to bandage: often with up
5. to make stick together; make cohere
6. to tighten the bowels of; constipate
7. to strengthen, secure, or ornament the edges of by a band, as of tape
8. to fasten together the printed pages of (a book) and enclose them within a protective cover
9. to secure or make firm (a bargain, contract, etc.)
10. to obligate by duty, love, etc.
11. to compel, as by oath, legal restraint, or contract
12. to make an apprentice of; indenture: often with out or over
13. to unite or hold, as by a feeling of loyalty or love
vi.
1. to do the act of binding
2. to be or become tight, hard, or stiff
3. to be constricting or restricting
4. to stick together
5. to be obligatory or binding in force
n.
1. anything that binds
2. Informal a difficult or restrictive situation; jam [to be in a bind]
3. Music TIE (n. 9)
SYN.- TIE
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bind over
to put under legal bond to appear at a specified time and place, as before a law court

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