bound up in


1 [bound]
simple past tense and past participle of bind.
tied; in bonds: a bound prisoner.
made fast as if by a band or bond: She is bound to her family.
secured within a cover, as a book.
under a legal or moral obligation: He is bound by the terms of the contract.
destined; sure; certain: It is bound to happen.
determined or resolved: He is bound to go.
Pathology, constipated.
Mathematics. (of a vector) having a specified initial point as well as magnitude and direction. Compare free ( def 31 ).
held with another element, substance, or material in chemical or physical union.
(of a linguistic form) occurring only in combination with other forms, as most affixes. Compare free ( def 34 ).
bound up in/with,
inseparably connected with.
devoted or attached to: She is bound up in her teaching.

past participle and past tense of bind

boundness, noun

5. liable, obligated, obliged, compelled. Unabridged
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bound1 (baʊnd)
1.  the past tense and past participle of bind
adj (, often foll by by) (, foll by on)
2.  in bonds or chains; tied with or as if with a rope: a bound prisoner
3.  (in combination) restricted; confined: housebound; fogbound
4.  (postpositive, foll by an infinitive) destined; sure; certain: it's bound to happen
5.  compelled or obliged to act, behave, or think in a particular way, as by duty, circumstance, or convention
6.  See also half-bound (of a book) secured within a cover or binding: to deliver bound books
7.  (US) resolved; determined: bound on winning
8.  linguistics
 a.  Compare free denoting a morpheme, such as the prefix non-, that occurs only as part of another word and not as a separate word in itself
 b.  Compare freestanding (in systemic grammar) denoting a clause that has a nonfinite predicator or that is introduced by a binder, and that occurs only together with a freestanding clause
9.  logic See free (of a variable) occurring within the scope of a quantifier that indicates the degree of generality of the open sentence in which the variable occurs: in (x) (Fxbxy), x is bound and y is free
10.  bound up with closely or inextricably linked with: his irritability is bound up with his work
11.  I'll be bound I am sure (something) is true

bound2 (baʊnd)
1.  to move forwards or make (one's way) by leaps or jumps
2.  to bounce; spring away from an impact
3.  a jump upwards or forwards
4.  by leaps and bounds with unexpectedly rapid progess: her condition improved by leaps and bounds
5.  a sudden pronounced sense of excitement: his heart gave a sudden bound when he saw her
6.  a bounce, as of a ball
[C16: from Old French bond a leap, from bondir to jump, resound, from Vulgar Latin bombitīre (unattested) to buzz, hum, from Latin bombus booming sound]

bound3 (baʊnd)
vb (when intr, foll by on)
1.  (tr) to place restrictions on; limit
2.  to form a boundary of (an area of land or sea, political or administrative region, etc)
3.  maths
 a.  See also bounded a number which is greater than all the members of a set of numbers (an upper bound), or less than all its members (a lower bound)
 b.  more generally, an element of an ordered set that has the same ordering relation to all the members of a given subset
 c.  whence, an estimate of the extent of some set
4.  See bounds
[C13: from Old French bonde, from Medieval Latin bodina, of Gaulish origin]

bound4 (baʊnd)
adj (, often foll by for)
a.  going or intending to go towards; on the way to: a ship bound for Jamaica; homeward bound
 b.  (in combination): northbound traffic
[C13: from Old Norse buinn, past participle of būa to prepare]

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Word Origin & History

"to leap," 1580s, from Fr. bondir "to rebound, resound, echo," from O.Fr. bondir "to leap, rebound; make a noise, beat (a drum)," 13c., ultimately "to echo back," from V.L. *bombitire "to buzz, hum" (see bomb), perhaps on model of O.Fr. tentir from V.L. *tinnitire.

"fastened," mid-14c., in figurative sense of "compelled," from bounden, pp. of bind (q.v.). Meaning "under obligation" is from late 15c.; the literal sense "made fast by tying" is the latest recorded (1550s).

"ready to go," c.1200, boun, from O.N. buinn pp. of bua "to prepare," also "to dwell, to live," from P.Gmc. *bowan (cf. O.H.G. buan "to dwell," O.Dan. both "dwelling, stall"), from PIE base *bheue- "to be, exist, dwell" (see be). Final -d is presumably through association with bound (adj.1).

"limit," c.1200, from Anglo-L. bunda, from O.Fr. bonde "limit, boundary, boundary stone" (12c., Mod.Fr. borne), variant of bodne, from M.L. bodina, perhaps from Gaulish. Now chiefly in out of bounds, which originally referred to limits imposed on students at schools. The verb meaning "to form the boundary
of" is from c.1600. Boundless is from 1590s.

past tense of bind (v.).
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bind   (bīnd)  Pronunciation Key 
To combine with, form a bond with, or be taken up by a chemical or chemical structure. An enzyme, for example, is structured in such a way as to be able to bind with its substrate.
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Idioms & Phrases

bound up in

Also, bound up with. Deeply or inextricably involved in. For example, Obviously the candidate was bound up with the negotiations on the party platform, or She is bound up in her church activities. This usage appears in the Bible (Genesis 44:30): "His life is bound up in the lad's life." [Late 1500s]

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