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BIND (bound)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bind mean? 

BIND (noun)
  The noun BIND has 1 sense:

1. something that hinders as if with bonds

  Familiarity information: BIND used as a noun is very rare.


BIND (verb)
  The verb BIND has 10 senses:

1. stick to firmly
2. create social or emotional ties
3. make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope
4. wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose
5. secure with or as if with ropes
6. bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted
7. form a chemical bond with
8. provide with a binding
9. fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
10. cause to be constipated

  Familiarity information: BIND used as a verb is familiar.


 Dictionary entry details 


BIND (noun)


Sense 1bind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Something that hinders as if with bonds

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("bind" is a kind of...):

balk; baulk; check; deterrent; handicap; hinderance; hindrance; impediment (something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress)


BIND (verb)


Sense 1bind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Stick to firmly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

stick to; hold fast; bond; bind; stick; adhere

Context example:

Will this wallpaper adhere to the wall?

Hypernyms (to "bind" is one way to...):

attach (become attached)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bind"):

bind (form a chemical bond with)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Something is ----ing PP


Sense 2bind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Create social or emotional ties

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

bind; bond; attach; tie

Context example:

The grandparents want to bond with the child

Hypernyms (to "bind" is one way to...):

relate (have or establish a relationship to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bind"):

fixate (attach (oneself) to a person or thing in a neurotic way)

befriend (become friends with)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


Sense 3bind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

The Chinese would bind the feet of their women

Hypernyms (to "bind" is one way to...):

attach (cause to be attached)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bind"):

swaddle; swathe (wrap in swaddling clothes)

encircle; gird (bind with something round or circular)

cement (make fast as if with cement)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something
Somebody ----s something PP

Antonym:

unbind (untie or unfasten)


Sense 4bind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

bandage; bind

Hypernyms (to "bind" is one way to...):

fasten; fix; secure (cause to be firmly attached)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 5bind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Secure with or as if with ropes

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

tie down; tie up; truss; bind

Context examples:

tie down the prisoners / tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed

Hypernyms (to "bind" is one way to...):

confine; hold; restrain (to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement)

"Bind" entails doing...:

fasten; fix; secure (cause to be firmly attached)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bind"):

hog-tie (tie together somebody's feet)

faggot; fagot (fasten together rods of iron in order to heat or weld them)

faggot; faggot up; fagot (bind or tie up in or as if in a faggot)

chain up (tie up with chains)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence example:

They want to bind the prisoners


Sense 6bind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

oblige; obligate; bind; hold

Context examples:

He's held by a contract / I'll hold you by your promise

Hypernyms (to "bind" is one way to...):

relate (have or establish a relationship to)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bind"):

pledge (bind or secure by a pledge)

article (bind by a contract; especially for a training period)

indent; indenture (bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant)

tie down (restrain from independence by an obligation)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE


Sense 7bind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Form a chemical bond with

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Context example:

The hydrogen binds the oxygen

Hypernyms (to "bind" is one way to...):

adhere; bind; bond; hold fast; stick; stick to (stick to firmly)

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bind"):

ligate (bind chemically)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s something


Sense 8bind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Provide with a binding

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Context example:

bind the books in leather

Hypernyms (to "bind" is one way to...):

cover (provide with a covering or cause to be covered)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bind"):

rebind (provide with a new binding)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 9bind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

tie; bind

Context example:

They tied their victim to the chair

Hypernyms (to "bind" is one way to...):

fasten; fix; secure (cause to be firmly attached)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bind"):

strap (tie with a strap)

knot (tie or fasten into a knot)

lash (bind with a rope, chain, or cord)

band (bind or tie together, as with a band)

lace; lace up (draw through eyes or holes)

leash; rope (fasten with a rope)

truss (tie the wings and legs of a bird before cooking it)

lash together (bind together with a cord or rope)

cord (bind or tie with a cord)

loop (fasten or join with a loop)

bind off; tie up (finish the last row)

retie (tie again or anew)

gag; muzzle (tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Somebody ----s something to somebody
Somebody ----s somebody PP
Somebody ----s something PP


Sense 10bind [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to be constipated

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

constipate; bind

Context example:

These foods tend to constipate you

Hypernyms (to "bind" is one way to...):

indispose (cause to feel unwell)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "bind"):

obstipate (constipate severely)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s somebody


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