bond

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Bond is part of the Academic Word List. It is important for students in college and university.

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Singular
bond

Plural
bonds

  1. (countable) A bond is a connection between two people because of love or friendship.
    War can often build strong bonds between people who suffered or fought together.
  2. (countable) A bond is a connection between two or more things, for example using glue.
    The heat created a bond between the plastic and the metal.
  3. (countable); (finance & law) A bond is a financial document promising to pay a certain amount of money. These are often bought and sold.
    The new benchmark ten-year government bond yielded 6.3%.
    Most large international banks have issued floating rate bonds as a source of medium-term funding.
  4. (countable); (plural) Things that tie or limit you.
    It took her many years to break free of the bonds of guilt.
  5. (countable); (chemistry) A bond is the force that holds atoms together.
  6. A contract.

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Plain form
bond

Third-person singular
bonds

Past tense
bonded

Past participle
bonded

Present participle
bonding

  1. (transitive & intransitive) If you bond two things, you connect them, for example using glue.
    The melting wax bonded to the table.
    He bonded the wood to the plastic to make it look more natural.
    The individual carbon atoms in a diamond are bonded together extremely strongly.
  2. (intransitive) If you bond with someone, you form a special relationship.
    Breastfeeding helps the baby bond with its mother.