bound form

noun
a morpheme that occurs only as part of a larger construction; eg an -s at the end of plural nouns
Syn: ↑bound morpheme
Hypernyms: ↑morpheme
Hyponyms: ↑combining form, ↑affix

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a linguistic form that never occurs by itself but always as part of some larger construction, as -ed in seated. Cf. free form (def. 2).

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bound form,
a linguistic form which is part of a larger unit and never occurs alone, such as -ly in coldly.

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n. a morpheme that occurs only as an element of a compound word and cannot stand on its own, such as -ing or -er

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ˈbound form 7 [bound form] (also ˌbound ˈmorpheme) noun (linguistics)
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’

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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  • bound form — /ˈbaʊnd fɔm/ (say bownd fawm) noun a linguistic form which never occurs by itself but always as part of some larger construction, as ed in seated …   Australian English dictionary

  • bound form — noun a unit of language that can be only be used as part of a word, not as a word on its own (such as the English suffix ly) …   Wiktionary

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  • bound — I [[t]baʊnd[/t]] v. 1) pt. and pp. of bind 2) tied; in bonds: a bound prisoner[/ex] 3) cvb confined to or by something: bound to one s desk[/ex] 4) made fast as if by a band or bond 5) secured within a cover, as a book 6) law under a legal or… …   From formal English to slang

  • bound — 1 the past tense and past participle of bind 1 2 adjective (no comparative) 1 be bound to to be very likely to do or feel a particular thing: Don t lie to her. She s bound to find out about it. | it is bound to be (=used to say that something… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • bound morpheme — noun a morpheme that occurs only as part of a larger construction; eg an s at the end of plural nouns • Syn: ↑bound form • Hypernyms: ↑morpheme • Hyponyms: ↑combining form, ↑affix * * * ˈbound form 7 [ …   Useful english dictionary

  • bound — English has no fewer than four separate words bound. The only one which goes back to Old English is the adjective, meaning ‘obliged’ 71 box or ‘destined’, which comes from the past participle of bind (in Old English this was bunden, which… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • bound — English has no fewer than four separate words bound. The only one which goes back to Old English is the adjective, meaning ‘obliged’ or ‘destined’, which comes from the past participle of bind (in Old English this was bunden, which survives… …   Word origins

  • bound — 1 n 1: boundary usu. used in pl. metes and bound s 2: something that limits or restrains within the bound s of the law bound 2 …   Law dictionary

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