Definition of "bind" []

  • To tie or secure, as with a rope or cord. (verb-transitive)
  • To fasten or wrap by encircling, as with a belt or ribbon. (verb-transitive)
  • To bandage: bound up their wounds. (verb-transitive)
  • To hold or restrain with or as if with bonds. (verb-transitive)
  • To compel, obligate, or unite: bound by a deep sense of duty; bound by a common interest in sports. (verb-transitive)
  • To make or become fast or secure with or as if with a tie or band (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To encircle or enclose with a band (verb)
  • To place (someone) under obligation; oblige (verb)
  • To impose legal obligations or duties upon (a person or party to an agreement) (verb)
  • To make (a bargain, agreement, etc) irrevocable; seal (verb)
  • To restrain or confine with or as if with ties, as of responsibility or loyalty (verb)
  • To place under certain constraints; govern (verb)
  • To bandage or swathe (verb)
  • To cohere or stick or cause to cohere or stick (verb)
  • To make or become compact, stiff, or hard (verb)
  • To enclose and fasten (the pages of a book) between covers (verb)
  • (of a book) to undergo this process (verb)
  • To provide (a garment, hem, etc) with a border or edging, as for decoration or to prevent fraying (verb)
  • To employ as an apprentice; indenture (verb)
  • To complain (verb)
  • To bring (a variable) into the scope of an appropriate quantifier (verb)
  • Something that binds (noun)
  • The act of binding or state of being bound (noun)
  • A difficult or annoying situation (noun)
  • Clay between layers of coal (noun)
  • A pushing movement with the blade made to force one's opponent's sword from one line into another (noun)
  • A position in which one player's pawns have a hold on the centre that makes it difficult for the opponent to advance there (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "bind" in a sentence
  • "The issue where they might be able to pass some legislation that would really put the Republicans in a bind is the middle class tax cuts."
  • "The only way out of that bind is to assert that the economy was being under utilized during the 80's and therefore the deficits filled the consumption gap without crowding out investment."
  • "New Jersey: "N.J. program offers 'rescue team' for homeowners in bind""