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bind

bind

 
pronunciation:
baInd
parts of speech:
transitive verb, intransitive verb, noun
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: binds, binding, bound
definition 1: to make secure by fastening, as with cord or the like.
synonyms:
fasten, secure, tie, truss
antonyms:
release, unbind, unloose, untie
similar words:
attach, band, belt, buckle, gird, hitch, hook, join, lash, rope, shackle, strap
definition 2: to wrap or cover, as a wound.
synonyms:
bandage, swaddle, swathe
similar words:
cover, dress, ligate, ligature, tape, wrap
definition 3: to cause to stick together or cohere.
synonyms:
affix, attach, cement, fasten, glue, join, stick
antonyms:
separate
similar words:
bond, consolidate, fuse, paste, secure, set
definition 4: to keep from leaving or acting on one's own; restrain.
He is bound by habit.
synonyms:
constrain, restrain, stay, tie
antonyms:
unbind
similar words:
check, confine, curb, hamper, hinder, limit, restrict
definition 5: to cause to be intimately connected and mutually obligated, as in marriage.
synonyms:
marry, unite, wed
antonyms:
separate
similar words:
bond, conjoin, join, obligate, oblige
definition 6: to cause to be obligated; oblige.
We will bind you with a promise.
synonyms:
constrain, obligate, oblige
similar words:
necessitate, require, restrict, tie
definition 7: to enclose the pages of (a book) with a cover.
synonyms:
cover, wrap
similar words:
encase, enfold
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition 1: to become compact or cohesive.
synonyms:
adhere, cohere, condense, fasten, stick
similar words:
coalesce, set
definition 2: to restrict or squeeze uncomfortably; be too tight.
This shirt binds.
synonyms:
chafe, cramp
similar words:
encumber
definition 3: to be obligatory, as a duty.
synonyms:
obligate
similar words:
bond
 
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a situation of unusual difficulty.
His business is in a bind, and so is his marriage.
synonyms:
dilemma, fix, hot water, jam, predicament, quagmire, quandary
similar words:
Catch-22, difficulty, double bind, entanglement, hole, imbroglio, impasse, knot, muddle, perplexity, spot, trouble
definition 2: the act of binding or state of being bound.
synonyms:
ligature
similar words:
plight
definition 3: that which binds.
synonyms:
fastener, ligature, tie
similar words:
agreement, bandage, bond, cincture, compact, contract, glue
derivation: bindable (adj.)
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