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From the past participle of
buinn, past participle of bua
'to live in a place, prepare'
; probably influenced by the past participle bound
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.
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.'
When you are dealing with so many patients, mistakes are
bound to happen
be bound (by something)
to be forced to do what a law or agreement says you must do
bound (by something) to do something
The Foundation is bound by the treaty to help any nation that requests aid.
to report the accident.
be/feel bound to do something
to feel that you ought to do something, because it is morally right or your duty to do it
Ian felt bound to tell Joanna the truth.
bound to say
I feel I ought to say
, I think you're taking a huge risk.
be duty bound/honour bound to do something
A son is duty bound to look after his mother.
bound for London/Mexico etc
travelling towards a particular place or in a particular direction
a plane bound for Somalia
We tried to get seats on a Rome-bound flight.
travelling towards home
All eastbound trains have been cancelled due to faulty signals.
be bound (together) by something
if two people or groups are bound together by something, they share a particular experience or situation which causes them to have a relationship
The two nations were bound together by a common history.
be bound up in something
to be very involved in something, so that you cannot think about anything else
He was too bound up in his own problems to listen to mine.
be bound up with something
to be very closely connected with a particular problem or situation
Mark's problems are all bound up with his mother's death when he was ten.
The people of Transkei began to realize that their future was inseparably bound up with that of South Africa.
controlled or limited by something, so that you cannot do what you want or what other people want you to
people who are
having to work in an office, instead of doing a more active job
a bound book is covered on the outside with paper, leather etc
a Bible bound in leather
volume of Shakespeare's plays
I'll be bound
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.
bound and determined
very determined to do or achieve something, especially something difficult
Klein is bound and determined to win at least five races this year.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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