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



BrE BrE//baʊndz//
; NAmE NAmE//baʊndz//
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  • the accepted or furthest limits of something beyond/outside/within the bounds of decency I am afraid your behaviour was beyond the bounds of decency. Public spending must 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 very quickly; in large amounts Her health has improved in leaps and bounds.
    1. 1(in some sports) outside the area of play which is allowed His shot went out of bounds.
    2. 2(North American English) not reasonable or acceptable His demands were out of bounds.
    out of bounds (to/for somebody)
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    (especially British English) if a place is out of bounds, people are not allowed to go there see also off-limits
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bounds