how to pronounce bound


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bound is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of bound in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… of things bound together and so how far …”

meanings of bound


  1. That cannot stand alone as a free word.
  2. Very likely (to), certain to.
  3. Confined or restricted to a certain place; e.g. railbound.
  4. Ready to start or go (to); moving in the direction (of).
  5. Unable to move in certain conditions; e.g. snowbound.
  6. Obliged (to).
  7. Constipated; costive.
  8. Ready, prepared.
  9. Constrained by a quantifier.


  1. To be the boundary of.
  2. To rebound; to bounce.
  3. To cause to leap.
  4. To leap, move by jumping. The rabbit bounded down the lane.
  5. To surround a territory or other geographical entity.
  6. To cause to rebound; to throw so that it will rebound; to bounce.
  7. Simple past tense and past participle of bind I bound the splint to my leg.


  1. A sizeable jump, great leap.
  2. A boundary, the border which one must cross in order to enter or leave a territory.
  3. A spring from one foot to the other in dancing.
  4. A bounce; a rebound.
  5. A value which is known to be greater or smaller than a given set of values.

bound frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word bound occurs in english on average 25.9 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics bound can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that bound can be often used in the following areas:

1) business and work;

2) communication, information, and media;

3) transport and travel;

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