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1 a : to make responsible for an obligation (as under a contract) [agents have the power to the insurer "R. I. Mehr"]
b : to burden with an obligation [prevented married women from 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
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.