• To tie; to confine by any ligature.
  • To cohere or stick together in a mass.
  • To be restrained from motion, or from customary or natural action, as by friction.
  • To exert a binding or restraining influence.
  • To tie or fasten tightly together, with a cord, band, ligature, chain, etc.
  • To confine, restrain, or hold by physical force or influence of any kind.
  • To couple.
  • To oblige, restrain, or hold, by authority, law, duty, promise, vow, affection, or other social tie.
  • To put (a person) under definite legal obligations, especially, under the obligation of a bond or covenant.
  • To place under legal obligation to serve.
  • To protect or strengthen by applying a band or binding, as the edge of a carpet or garment.
  • To make fast (a thing) about or upon something, as by tying; to encircle with something.
  • To cover, as with a bandage.
  • To prevent or restrain from customary or natural action, as by producing constipation.
  • To put together in a cover, as of books.
  • To make two or more elements stick together.
  • To associate an identifier with a value; to associate a variable name, method name, etc. with the content of a storage location.
  • To process one or more object modules into an executable program.
  • To complain; to whine about something.
  • To wear a binder so as to flatten one's chest to give the appearance of a flat chest, usually done by trans men.



  • From Middle English binden, from Old English bindan, from Proto-West Germanic *bindan, from Proto-Germanic *bindaną (compare West Frisian bine, Dutch binden, Low German binnen, German binden, Danish binde), from Proto-Indo-European, from *bʰendʰ-
  • Compare Welsh benn ("cart"), Latin offendīx ("knot, band"), Lithuanian beñdras ("partner"), Albanian bend ("servant, henchman"), Ancient Greek πεῖσμα ("cable, rope"), Persian بستن, Sanskrit बन्धति. bandana.

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