Meaning of BOND in English


I. bond 1 AC /bɒnd $ bɑːnd/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ bond , ↑ bonding ; verb : ↑ bond ]

[ Date: 1200-1300 ; Language: Old Norse ; Origin: band ]

1 . MONEY an official document promising that a government or company will pay back money that it has borrowed, often with ↑ interest :

My father put all his money into stock market bonds.

furious trading on the bond market

⇨ ↑ junk bond , ↑ premium bond , ↑ savings bond

2 . RELATIONSHIP something that unites two or more people or groups, such as love, or a shared interest or idea ⇨ tie

bond between

the emotional bond between mother and child

bond with

the United States’ special bond with Britain

bond of

lifelong bonds of friendship

3 . bonds [plural] literary something that limits your freedom and prevents you from doing what you want

bonds of

the bonds of fear and guilt

4 . WITH GLUE the way in which two surfaces become attached to each other using glue:

Use a glue gun to form a strong bond on wood or china.

5 . CHEMISTRY technical the chemical force that holds atoms together in a ↑ molecule :

In each methane molecule there are four CH bonds.

6 . WRITTEN AGREEMENT a written agreement to do something, that makes you legally responsible for doing it ⇨ contract

7 . my word is my bond formal used to say that you will definitely do what you have promised

8 . in/out of bond technical in or out of a ↑ bonded warehouse

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)

■ adjectives

▪ a close/strong bond

A strong bond had developed between them.

▪ a common bond (=one that people share)

They shared a common bond – a love of literature.

▪ a special bond

There was a special bond between him and his mother.

▪ an emotional bond

As soon as we met we felt an emotional bond.

■ verbs

▪ form/forge a bond (=make a bond)

Frequently horses form a strong bond with their riders.

▪ have a bond

Twins often have a very close bond.

▪ feel a bond

The people of the island feel a strong bond with each other.

▪ strengthen a bond

Sharing experiences strengthens bonds with friends.

▪ break/destroy a bond

He didn’t want to do anything to break the bond between them.

▪ a bond develops (=a bond of friendship developed between them)

Over six months of working together, a close bond developed.

II. bond 2 AC BrE AmE verb

[ Word Family: noun : ↑ bond , ↑ bonding ; verb : ↑ bond ]

1 . [intransitive] if two things bond with each other, they become firmly fixed together, especially after they have been joined with glue:

It takes less than ten minutes for the two surfaces to bond.

2 . [intransitive] to develop a special relationship with someone ⇨ bonding

bond with

Time must be given for the mother to bond with her baby.

3 . [transitive] technical to keep goods in a bonded warehouse

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English.      Longman - Словарь современного английского языка.