Entertainment / Literature / Bound Morpheme: A morpheme used exclusively as part of a larger word rather than one that can stand alone and retain independent meaning. Examples include the morpheme ept in the word inept, or the morpheme gruntle in the word disgruntled. This term is the opposite of a free morpheme, which can function by itself as a word, such as the morphemes it and self in the word itself.
Bound Noun Synonyms: leap, jump, vault, spring, bounce, hop
Bound Verb Synonyms: limit, restrict, confine, delimit, define, circumscribe
Bound Adjective Synonyms: tied, fast, fixed, fastened, confined, secured
Entertainment / Literature / Free Morpheme: Any morpheme that can function by itself as a word, such as the two morphemes it and self found in the word itself. This is the opposite of a bound morpheme, one that only makes sense when it is part MORE
Entertainment / Literature / Base Morpheme: A free or bound morpheme, to which other meaningful sounds can be added to form words. Examples of base morphemes include base in basic, or frame in reframe. MORE