bound

1 the past tense and past participle of bind 1 2 adjective (no comparative)
1 be bound to to be very likely to do or feel a particular thing: Don't lie to her. She's bound to find out about it. | it is bound to be (=used to say that something should have been expected): "It's hot!" "Well, it was bound to be, I just took it out of the oven." | bound to happen: "Why did Max die, Mom?" "He was an old dog, dear. It was bound to happen one day."
2 DUTY/PROMISE
a) be bound (by) if someone is bound by a law, promise, agreement etc, they have to do what it says: We are bound by agreements made at the time of the treaty. | bound (by sth) to do sth: If he's acting as auditor he's bound by law to report. | legally bound: The two parties are not legally bound until the contract has been signed.
b) be/feel bound to do sth to feel that you ought to do something: John felt bound to tell Katherine about the job, even though he didn't want to work with her. | I'm bound to say (that): I'm bound to say I think you're taking a huge risk. | feel duty bound/honour bound to do sth (=feel very strongly that you have to do or say something, especially because you think it is morally correct)
3 CONNECT/INVOLVED
a) be bound up with sth to be closely connected with a particular problem, situation etc: Henry's problems are all bound up with his mother's death when he was ten.
b) be bound up in sth to be so involved in a difficult situation etc that you cannot think about anything else: Jim's too bound up in his own worries to be able to help us.
c) be bound (together) by sth to share a particular feature or quality: All the stories are bound by a common theme: jealousy.
4 PLACE/DIRECTION
a) bound for London/college etc also London/college etc bound travelling towards or going to a particular place: The planes bound for Somalia carry food and medical supplies. | homeward bound (=going home)
b) northbound/southbound/eastbound/westbound travelling in a particular direction: All eastbound trains have been cancelled due to faulty signals.
5 snow-bound/strike-bound/tradition-bound etc controlled or limited by something, so that you cannot do what you want or what other people want you to: a fog-bound airport
6 BOOK a bound book is covered on the outside with paper, leather etc
(+ in): a beautiful Bible bound in Moroccan leather | leather/velvet etc bound (=covered in leather, velvet etc)
7 I'll be bound old-fashioned used when you are very sure that what you have just said is true: He had good reasons for doing that, I'll be bound.
8 bound form technical a part of a word that is always found in combination with another form, such as `un' and `er' in the words `unknown' and `speaker'
3 verb
1 (intransitive always + adv/prep) to run with a lot of energy, because you are happy, excited, or frightened
(+ up/towards/across etc): Suddenly a huge dog came bounding towards me.
2 be bounded by if a country or area of land is bounded by something such as a wall, river etc it has the wall etc at its edge: a yard bounded by a rusty fence | The US is bounded in the north by Canada and in the south by Mexico.
4 noun
1 by leaps and bound/in leaps and bounds BrE if someone or something increases, develops etc by leaps and bounds, they increase etc very quickly: Julie's reading is improving in leaps and bounds.
2 out of bounds if a place is out of bounds, you are not allowed to go there
(+ to/for): Parts of the complex are out of bounds to some personnel.
3 LIMITS bounds (plural)
a) limits or rules that are given by law or exist because of social custom: stay/keep/remain within bounds: Richards tried to stay within the bounds set by the financial controller. | keep sth within bounds: Talking is permitted in the classroom as long as it is kept within bounds.
b) old-fashioned the edges of a town, city etc
4 go beyond the bounds of decency/reason/good taste etc to not follow the rules that people normally follow when doing something
5 be within/beyond the bounds of possibility to be possible or impossible: Mike's version of events is unlikely, but not beyond the bounds of possibility.
6 know no bounds formal if someone's honesty, kindness etc knows no bounds, they are extremely honest etc
7 in bounds/out of bounds inside or outside the legal playing area in a sport such as American football or basketball
8 JUMP (C) a long or high jump made with a lot of energy

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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