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English adjective: bound

1. bound confined by bonds

SamplesBound and gagged hostages.

Similarchained, enchained, fettered, furled, pinioned, rolled, shackled, tethered, tied, trussed, wired

See alsounfree


2. bound held with another element, substance or material in chemical or physical union

Similarconjugate, conjugate, conjugated, conjugated

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry, natural philosophy, physics


3. bound secured with a cover or binding; often used as a combining form

SamplesBound volumes.
Leather-bound volumes.

Similarbrassbound, cased, half-bound, paperback, paperbacked, well-bound


4. bound (usually followed by `to') governed by fate

SamplesBound to happen.
An old house destined to be demolished.
He is destined to be famous.


Similarcertain, sure


5. bound covered or wrapped with a bandage

SamplesThe bandaged wound on the back of his head.
An injury bound in fresh gauze.




6. bound headed or intending to head in a certain direction; often used as a combining form as in `college-bound students'

SamplesChildren bound for school.
A flight destined for New York.


Similarorientated, oriented


7. bound bound by an oath

SamplesA bound official.



8. bound bound by contract

Synonymsapprenticed, articled, indentured



9. bound confined in the bowels

SamplesHe is bound in the belly.


Antonymsunconstipated, regular

English noun: bound

1. bound (shape) a line determining the limits of an area

Synonymsboundary, edge

Broader (hypernym)line

Narrower (hyponym)border, brink, fringe, lower bound, margin, outer boundary, perimeter, periphery, rim, thalweg, threshold, upper bound, verge

2. bound (location) the line or plane indicating the limit or extent of something

Synonymsboundary, bounds

Broader (hypernym)extremity

Narrower (hyponym)border, border, borderline, boundary line, bourn, bourne, city line, county line, delimitation, demarcation, demarcation line, district line, edge, end, frontier, hairline, heliopause, limit, lineation, mete, outline, shoreline, surface

Instance hyponymMoho, Mohorovicic discontinuity, Rubicon

3. bound (attribute) the greatest possible degree of something

SamplesWhat he did was beyond the bounds of acceptable behavior.
To the limit of his ability.

Synonymsboundary, limit

Broader (hypernym)extent

Narrower (hyponym)absoluteness, brink, heat barrier, knife-edge, level best, maximum, starkness, thermal barrier, utmost, uttermost, utterness, verge

4. bound (act) a light, self-propelled movement upwards or forwards

Synonymsbounce, leap, leaping, saltation, spring

Broader (hypernym)jump, jumping

Narrower (hyponym)caper, capriole, pounce

English verb: bound

1. bound (motion) move forward by leaps and bounds

SamplesThe horse bounded across the meadow.
The child leapt across the puddle.
Can you jump over the fence?.

Synonymsjump, leap, spring

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

Narrower (hyponym)bounce, bounce, bound, burst, caper, capriole, curvet, galumph, hop, hop, hop-skip, leapfrog, overleap, pronk, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, saltate, ski jump, skip, spring, take a hop, vault, vault

2. bound (stative) form the boundary of; be contiguous to


Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)confine, enclose, hold in

Narrower (hyponym)shore, skirt, verge

3. bound (change) place limits on (extent or access)

SamplesRestrict the use of this parking lot.
Limit the time you can spend with your friends.

Synonymsconfine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel

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

Broader (hypernym)check, contain, control, curb, hold, hold in, moderate

Narrower (hyponym)baffle, clamp down, constrain, constrain, crack down, cramp, cumber, draw a line, draw the line, encumber, gate, halter, hamper, harness, inhibit, mark off, mark out, reduce, regulate, rein, restrain, rule, stiffen, strangle, tie, tighten, tighten, tighten up

4. bound (motion) spring back; spring away from an impact

SamplesThe rubber ball bounced.
These particles do not resile but they unite after they collide.

Synonymsbounce, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop

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

Broader (hypernym)bound, jump, leap, spring

Narrower (hyponym)bound off, carom, kick, kick back, recoil, skip

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