Definition of bond noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//bɒnd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//bɑːnd//
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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 forged between them. The agreement strengthened the bonds between the two countries. the special bond between mother and child Wordfinderacquaintance, bond, buddy, companion, comrade, friend, mate, neighbour, platonic, playmate See related entries: Friends
  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 Wordfinderasset, bond, capital, dividend, equity, fund, interest, invest, portfolio, share See related entries: Economy
  4. 3[uncountable] (law, especially North American English) a sum of money that is paid as bail He was released on $5 000 bond.
  5. 4[countable] (also mortgage bond) (South African English) a legal agreement by which a bank lends you money to buy a house, etc. which you pay back over many years; the sum of money that is lent to pay off a bond We had to take out a second bond on the property. bond rates (= of interest) See related entries: Economy, Buying a home
  6. ropes/chains
  7. 5bonds [plural] (formal) the ropes or chains keeping somebody prisoner; anything that stops you from being free to do what you want to release somebody from their bonds the bonds of oppression/injustice
  8. legal agreement
  9. 6[countable] (formal) a legal written agreement or promise We entered into a solemn bond. See related entries: Legal documents
  10. join
  11. 7[countable] the way in which two things are joined together a firm bond between the two surfaces
  12. chemistry
  13. 8[countable] the way in which atoms are held together in a chemical compound See related entries: Molecules and matter
  14. Word OriginMiddle English: variant of band.Extra examples I decided to invest in some government bonds. She felt a bond of affection for the other girls. The bonds were redeemed in 2002. We try to forge bonds between the different communities. bonds of friendship the bond that links us the high yield on junk bondsIdioms
    somebody’s word is their bond
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    somebody’s promise can be relied on completely
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