1. Covered or guaranteed by a surety bond or a fidelity bond: a form that simplifies the process of making bonded improvements; a bonded electrician.
2. Of or relating to the storage of goods under a customs bond: a bonded warehouse; bonded merchandise.
a. Raised by issuing bonds: bonded funds.
b. Owed by bond: bonded debt.
4. Obligated by a debt to serve without wages: plantations worked by bonded labor.
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