bind /'bīnd/ vt bound /'bau̇nd/, bind·ing
1 a: to make responsible for an obligation (as under a contract)
agents have the power to bind the insurer — R. I. Mehr
b: to burden with an obligation
prevented married women from bind ing their property — J. H. Friedenthal et al.
2: to exert control over: constrain by legal authority
this court is bound by precedent
3: to bring (an insurance policy) into effect by an oral communication or a binder

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (obligate) verb adstringere, burden, charge, compel, confirm, conscript, constrain, drive, encumber, exact, force, impose, indent, indenture, obligare, oblige, pledge, promise, require, sanction, set a task, warrant associated concepts: bind a deal, binding authority, binding instruction, binding receipt, binding transaction foreign phrases:
- Nuda ratio et nuda pactio non ligant aliquem debitorem. — Naked intention and naked promise do not bind any debtor.
- Quodque dissolvitur eodem modo quo ligatur. — A thing is unbound in the same manner that it is made binding.
II (restrain) verb block, check, compel, confine, constrain, encumber, fetter, fix, hamper, hinder, immobilize, impede, inhibit, limit, repress, secure, shut in associated concepts: bind over III index affix, amalgamate, annex (add), attach (join), cement, combine (join together), confine, connect (join together), consolidate (strengthen), constrain (imprison), constrict (compress), contain (enclose), contain (restrain), detain (restrain), engage (hire), estop, fetter, hamper, handcuff, impose (enforce), join (bring together), limit, pledge (promise the performance of), press (constrain), promise (vow), restrain, restrict, trammel

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

To obligate; to place legal duties upon someone.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

v. To subject to a legal obligation.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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