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English noun: bind

1. bind (cognition) something that hinders as if with bonds

Broader (hypernym)balk, baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment

English verb: bind

1. bind (contact) stick to firmly

SamplesWill this wallpaper adhere to the wall?.

Synonymsadhere, bond, hold fast, stick, stick to

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Something is ----ing PP

Broader (hypernym)attach

Narrower (hyponym)bind

Verb groupadhere, cleave, cling, cohere, stick

2. bind (social) create social or emotional ties

SamplesThe grandparents want to bond with the child.

Synonymsattach, bond, tie

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)relate

Narrower (hyponym)befriend, fixate

3. bind (contact) make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope

SamplesThe Chinese would bind the feet of their women.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)attach

Narrower (hyponym)cement, encircle, gird, swaddle, swathe


4. bind (contact) wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure

5. bind (contact) secure with or as if with ropes

SamplesTie down the prisoners.
Tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed.

ExamplesThey want to bind the prisoners

Synonymstie down, tie up, truss

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)confine, hold, restrain

Narrower (hyponym)chain up, faggot, faggot, faggot up, fagot, fagot, hog-tie

Entailfasten, fix, secure

6. bind (communication) bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

SamplesHe's held by a contract.
I'll hold you by your promise.

Synonymshold, obligate, oblige

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody to INFINITIVE

Broader (hypernym)relate

Narrower (hyponym)article, indent, indenture, pledge, tie down

7. bind (contact) provide with a binding

SamplesBind the books in leather.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cover

Narrower (hyponym)rebind

8. bind (contact) fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord

SamplesThey tied their victim to the chair.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Somebody ----s something to somebody.
Somebody ----s somebody PP.
Somebody ----s something PP

Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure

Narrower (hyponym)band, bind off, cord, gag, knot, lace, lace up, lash, lash together, leash, loop, muzzle, retie, rope, strap, tie up, truss

Antonymsunbrace, unlace, untie

9. bind (change) form a chemical bond with

SamplesThe hydrogen binds the oxygen.

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)adhere, bind, bond, hold fast, stick, stick to

Narrower (hyponym)ligate

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

10. bind (body) cause to be constipated

SamplesThese foods tend to constipate you.


Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)indispose

Narrower (hyponym)obstipate

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