I UK [baʊnd] / US adjective [not usually before noun] **
1) something that is bound to happen will almost certainly happen
bound to:

If you have problems at home, it's bound to affect your work.

The kids are out late, so of course she's bound to worry.

Knowing Jim, he's bound to be late.

She's bound to find out sooner or later.

a) having an obligation to do something because of a law, promise etc

By signing the contract you agree to be bound by its terms.

be bound by something to do something:

If her patient threatens to kill someone, she is bound by law to inform the police.

b) feeling that you should do something because you are expected to, or because it is morally right, even if you do not really want to do it
be/feel bound to do something:

We felt bound to tell her that her son had been taking drugs.

duty/honour bound:

journalists who feel honour bound to protect their sources of information

3) a bound book has a leather, cloth, or paper cover

a bound volume of the whole trilogy

bound in:

an old book of poems, bound in dark leather

be bound up/together — people or things that are bound together are connected by qualities that they all share

families who are bound together by their shared experiences

be bound up in/with something — ideas, feelings, or issues that are bound up with each other are connected very closely, so that it is difficult to think of them separately

His political philosophy was closely bound up with his religious beliefs.

Climate change is closely bound up in the whole issue of energy consumption.

II UK [baʊnd] / US verb [intransitive]
Word forms "bound":
present tense I/you/we/they bound he/she/it bounds present participle bounding past tense bounded past participle bounded
1) to run or jump taking large steps when you are full of energy or excitement
bound into/across/towards:

Polly came bounding into the room holding a letter.

2) to suddenly increase in value or become more successful

Internet stocks were bounding ahead.

3) formal if an area is bounded by a fence, trees, a river etc, this is what is around its edge

The property is bounded on the north and east by a large residential neighbourhood.

III UK [baʊnd] / US noun
Word forms "bound":
singular bound plural bounds
1) bounds
[plural] limits that affect and control what can happen or what people are able to do within bounds:

The business community was allowed – within reasonable bounds – to set whatever pay rates they wanted.

within the bounds of something:

a decision that is not within the bounds of the mayor's authority

beyond/outside the bounds of something:

investment advice that goes beyond the bounds of good sense

2) [countable] mainly literary a long or high jump
leap II

IV UK [baʊnd] / US
the past tense and past participle of bind I

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