be bound to (be or do something)

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be bound to (be or do something)

To be apt or likely to do something. We all thought that Doug was bound to be an artist, so we were very surprised when he became a trader on Wall Street. A: "Do you think it will rain today?" B: "It hasn't rained for weeks, so it's bound to."
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bound to, be

Be certain or destined to; also, be determined or resolved to. For example, We are bound to hear from them soon, or No matter what they say, she is bound to run for mayor. This usage is derived from the older sense of bound as "obliged." [Mid-1500s]
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The 'Tube style' London version, which I knew for some years myself, should surely be taken as the world's most significant model to follow, though we should not be bound to follow them or any other international network, without thought.