bonds, bonding, bonded
1) N-COUNT: oft N between pl-n A bond between people is a strong feeling of friendship, love, or shared beliefs and experiences that unites them.

The experience created a very special bond between us.

...the bond that linked them.

2) V-RECIP-ERG When people bond with each other, they form a relationship based on love or shared beliefs and experiences. You can also say that people bond or that something bonds them.

[V with n] Belinda was having difficulty bonding with the baby...

[pl-n V] They all bonded while writing graffiti together...

[V pl-n] What had bonded them instantly and so completely was their similar background...

[V-ed] The players are bonded by a spirit that is rarely seen in an English team. [Also V n with n]

Derived words:
bonding N-UNCOUNT

They expect bonding to occur naturally.

3) N-COUNT: with supp A bond between people or groups is a close connection that they have with each other, for example because they have a special agreement.

...the strong bond between church and nation...

There are tangible signs that the republic's successfully breaking its bonds with Moscow.

4) N-PLURAL: oft N of n Bonds are feelings, duties, or customs that force you to behave in a particular way. [LITERARY]

Freed from the bonds of convention and the fear of what others may think, the mind responds with new solutions...

We must, somehow, find a way to loosen the bonds of tradition.

5) N-COUNT A bond between two things is the way in which they stick to one another or are joined in some way.

If you experience difficulty with the superglue not creating a bond with dry wood, moisten the surfaces with water...

The molecule contains four carbon atoms arranged in a ring with a triple bond between two of them.

6) V-RECIP-ERG When one thing bonds with another, it sticks to it or becomes joined to it in some way. You can also say that two things bond together, or that something bonds them together.

[V with n] Diamond may be strong in itself, but it does not bond well with other materials...

[pl-n V together] In graphite sheets, carbon atoms bond together in rings...

[be V-ed together] Strips of wood are bonded together and moulded by machine. [Also V n with n, V pl-n together]

7) N-COUNT When a government or company issues a bond, it borrows money from investors. The certificate which is issued to investors who lend money is also called a bond.
See also , premium bond

Most of it will be financed by government bonds.

...the recent sharp decline in bond prices.

English dictionary. 2008.


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