Governed vs Bound - What's the difference?

governed | bound |

As verbs the difference between governed and bound

is that governed is (govern) while bound is (bind) or bound can be to surround a territory or other geographical entity or bound can be to leap, move by jumping.

As an adjective bound is

(with infinitive) obliged (to) or bound can be (obsolete) ready, prepared.

As a noun bound is

(often|used in plural) a boundary, the border which one must cross in order to enter or leave a territory or bound can be a sizeable jump, great leap.




  • (govern)

  • govern



    (en verb)
  • To make and administer the public policy and affairs of; to exercise sovereign authority in.
  • To control the actions or behavior of; to keep under control; to restrain.
  • Govern yourselves like civilized people.
    a student who could not govern his impulses.
  • To exercise a deciding or determining influence on.
  • Chance usually governs the outcome of the game.
  • To control the speed, flow etc. of; to regulate.
  • a valve that governs fuel intake.
  • To exercise political authority; to run a government.
  • To have or exercise a determining influence.
  • To require that a certain preposition, grammatical case, etc. be used with a word; sometimes used synonymously with collocate.
  • bound


    Alternative forms

    * bownd (archaic)

    Etymology 1

    See bind


  • (bind)
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=1 citation , passage=“[…] Captain Markam had been found lying half-insensible, gagged and bound , on the floor of the sitting-room, his hands and feet tightly pinioned, and a woollen comforter wound closely round his mouth and neck?; whilst Mrs. Markham's jewel-case, containing valuable jewellery and the secret plans of Port Arthur, had disappeared. […]”}}
    ''I bound the splint to my leg.
    ''I had bound the splint with duct tape.


  • (with infinitive) Obliged (to).
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=
  • , title= , chapter=5 citation , passage=Then I had a good think on the subject of the hocussing of Cigarette, and I was reluctantly bound to admit that once again the man in the corner had found the only possible solution to the mystery.}}
  • (with infinitive) Very likely (to).
  • * , chapter=5
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=When you're well enough off so's you don't have to fret about anything but your heft or your diseases you begin to get queer, I suppose. And the queerer the cure for those ailings the bigger the attraction. A place like the Right Livers' Rest was bound to draw freaks, same as molasses draws flies.}}
  • (linguistics, of a morpheme) That cannot stand alone as a free word.
  • (mathematics, logic, of a variable) Constrained by a quantifier.
  • (dated) constipated; costive
  • Antonyms
    * free
    Derived terms
    * bound to * I'll be bound

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) bounde, from (etyl) bunne, from


    (en noun)
  • (often, used in plural) A boundary, the border which one must cross in order to enter or leave a territory.
  • I reached the northern bound of my property, took a deep breath and walked on.
    Somewhere within these bounds you may find a buried treasure.
  • (mathematics) a value which is known to be greater or smaller than a given set of values
  • Derived terms
    * boundary * boundless * harmonic bounding * least upper bound * lower bound * metes and bounds * out of bounds * upper bound * within bounds


    (en verb)
  • To surround a territory or other geographical entity.
  • ''France, Portugal, Gibraltar and Andorra bound Spain.
    ''Kansas is bounded by Nebraska on the north, Missouri on the east, Oklahoma on the south and Colorado on the west.
  • (mathematics) To be the boundary of.
  • Derived terms
    * unbound * unbounded

    Etymology 3

    From (etyl) .


    (en noun)
  • A sizeable jump, great leap.
  • ''The deer crossed the stream in a single bound .
  • A spring from one foot to the other in dancing.
  • (dated) A bounce; a rebound.
  • the bound of a ball
    Derived terms
    * by leaps and bounds


    (en verb)
  • To leap, move by jumping.
  • ''The rabbit bounded down the lane.
  • To cause to leap.
  • to bound a horse
  • (dated) To rebound; to bounce.
  • a rubber ball bounds on the floor
  • (dated) To cause to rebound; to throw so that it will rebound; to bounce.
  • to bound a ball on the floor
    Derived terms
    * rebound

    Etymology 4

    Alteration of boun , with -d partly for euphonic effect and partly by association with Etymology 1, above.


    (en adjective)
  • (obsolete) ready, prepared.
  • ready, able to start or go (to); moving in the direction (of).
  • ''Which way are you bound ?
    ''Is that message bound for me?
    Derived terms
    * -bound * bound for