- 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 money
- 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
- 3[uncountable] (law, especially North American English) a sum of money that is paid as bail He was released on $5 000 bond.
- 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 ropes/chains
- 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 legal agreement
- 6[countable] (formal) a legal written agreement or promise We entered into a solemn bond. See related entries: Legal documents join
- 7[countable] the way in which two things are joined together a firm bond between the two surfaces chemistry
- 8[countable] the way in which atoms are held together in a chemical compound See related entries: Molecules and matter Word Origin Middle 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 promise can be relied on completely