Definition of bound form noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


bound form

BrE BrE//ˈbaʊnd fɔːm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaʊnd fɔːrm//
(also bound morpheme) (linguistics)
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a unit of language that can only be used as part of a word, not as a word on its own, for example ‘ly’ in ‘slowly’
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bound form