bind

If you're in a bind, you have been hindered by some situation. You'll find yourself in a bind if you agree to bring dessert to a party, only to realize that you're out of fruit, sugar, and chocolate chips.

The verb bind means to tie, secure, or fasten as with string or rope. When you put a Christmas tree on the top of your car, you need to bind it with twine to make sure it stays there while you drive. The past tense of bind is "bound." To bind is also to create an emotional attachment. Your love for your family binds you to them.

Primary Meanings of bind

1.
vn
secure with or as if with ropes
something that hinders as if with bonds
2.
v
create social or emotional ties
3.
v
form a chemical bond with
4.
v
provide with a binding
5.
v
cause to be constipated
Full Definitions of bind
1

v secure with or as if with ropes

Synonyms:
tie down, tie up, truss
Types:
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chain up
tie up with chains
faggot, faggot up, fagot
bind or tie up in or as if in a faggot
faggot, fagot
fasten together rods of iron in order to heat or weld them
hog-tie
tie together somebody's limbs
Type of:
confine, hold, restrain
to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement

v fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord

Synonyms:
tie
Antonyms:
unbrace, unlace, untie
undo the ties of
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gag, muzzle
tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them
retie
tie again or anew
bind off, tie up
finish the last row
loop
fasten or join with a loop
cord
bind or tie with a cord
lash together
bind together with a cord or rope
truss
tie the wings and legs of a bird before cooking it
leash, rope
fasten with a rope
strap
tie with a strap
knot
tie or fasten into a knot
lash
bind with a rope, chain, or cord
band
bind or tie together, as with a band
lace, lace up
draw through eyes or holes
hobble, hopple
strap the foreleg and hind leg together on each side (of a horse) in order to keep the legs on the same side moving in unison
frap
make secure by lashing
relace
lace again
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

v make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope

“The Chinese would bind the feet of their women”
Antonyms:
unbind
untie or unfasten
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swaddle, swathe
wrap in swaddling clothes
encircle, gird
bind with something round or circular
cement
make fast as if with cement
hoop
bind or fasten with a hoop
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached

v wrap around with something so as to cover or enclose

Synonyms:
bandage
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

v stick to firmly

Synonyms:
adhere, bond, hold fast, stick, stick to
adhere, cleave, cling, cohere, stick
come or be in close contact with; stick or hold together and resist separation
Types:
ligate
bind chemically
Type of:
attach
become attached

n something that hinders as if with bonds

Type of:
balk, baulk, check, deterrent, handicap, hinderance, hindrance, impediment
something immaterial that interferes with or delays action or progress
2

v create social or emotional ties

Synonyms:
attach, bond, tie
Types:
fixate
attach (oneself) to a person or thing in a neurotic way
befriend
become friends with
chum up, pal, pal up
become friends; act friendly towards
Type of:
relate
have or establish a relationship to

v bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted

Synonyms:
hold, obligate, oblige
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pledge
bind or secure by a pledge
article
bind by a contract; especially for a training period
indent, indenture
bind by or as if by indentures, as of an apprentice or servant
tie down
restrain from independence by an obligation
Type of:
relate
have or establish a relationship to
3

v form a chemical bond with

“The hydrogen binds the oxygen”
Types:
ligate
bind chemically
Type of:
adhere, bond, hold fast, stick, stick to
stick to firmly
4

v provide with a binding

bind the books in leather”
Types:
rebind
provide with a new binding
Type of:
cover
provide with a covering or cause to be covered
5

v cause to be constipated

Synonyms:
constipate
Types:
obstipate
constipate severely
Type of:
indispose
cause to feel unwell

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