American English

Definition of bounds noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  • the accepted or furthest limits of something beyond/outside/within the bounds of decency Public spending should be kept within reasonable bounds. It was not beyond the bounds of possibility that they would meet again one day. His enthusiasm knew no bounds (= was very great).
  • Idioms
      out of bounds
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    1. 1(in some sports) outside the area of play which is allowed His shot went out of bounds.
    2. 2not reasonable or acceptable His demands were out of bounds.
    out of bounds (to/for somebody)
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    if a place is out of bounds, people are not allowed to go there see also off-limits
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: bounds