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bounden (comparative more bounden, superlative most bounden)

  1. (archaic) Bound
  2. (archaic) Under an obligation; obliged (to do something)
    • mid-1590s, William Shakespeare, King John, Act III, sc. 3:
      I am much bounden to your majesty.
    • 1626 (posth.), William Roper, The Life of Thomas More:
      In the concluding whereof Sir Thomas More so worthily handled himself, procuring in our league far more benefits unto this realm, than at that time, by the king or his council was thought possible to be compassed, that for his good service in that voyage, the king, when he after made him Lord Chancellor, caused the Duke of Norfolk openly to declare to the people, as you shall hear hereafter more at large, how much all England was bounden unto him.
    • `1988', (William A. Owens), Look to the River, Chapter 2:
      "He'll mind, I reckon, not getting any work out'n me, but I won't be bounden to him any longerHow can he keep me if I ain't bounden to him?"
  3. Made obligatory
    • 1848, William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair, Chapter 19:
      She imparted these stories gradually to Miss Crawley; gave her the whole benefit of them; felt it to be her bounden duty as a Christian woman and mother of a family to do so; had not the smallest remorse or compunction for the victim whom her tongue was immolating; nay, very likely thought her act was quite meritorious, and plumed herself upon her resolute manner of performing it.