American English

Definition of bond noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    strong connection
  1. 1[countable] bond (between A and B) something that forms a connection between people or groups, such as a feeling of friendship or shared ideas and experiences A bond of friendship had been formed between them. The agreement strengthened the bonds between the two countries. the special bond between mother and child
  2. money
  3. 2[countable] an agreement by a government or a company to pay you interest on the money you have lent; a document containing this agreement government bonds see also junk bond, savings bond
  4. 3[uncountable] (law) a sum of money that is paid as bail He was released on $5,000 bond.
  5. ropes/chains
  6. 4bonds [plural] (formal) the ropes or chains keeping someone prisoner; anything that stops you from being free to do what you want to release someone from their bonds the bonds of oppression/injustice
  7. legal agreement
  8. 5[countable] (formal) a legal written agreement or promise We entered into a solemn bond.
  9. attachment
  10. 6[countable] the way in which two things are joined together a firm bond between the two surfaces
  11. chemistry
  12. 7[countable] the way in which atoms are held together in a chemical compound
  13. Idioms
    somebody's word is their bond
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    someone's promise can be relied on completely
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bond