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I believe he was just referring to the the characteristics of a bond being covalent in relation to its partial ionic character and propensity to attract electrons. He did then talk about how bonds could have both ionic and covalent characteristics, where the electronegativity difference determines whether it is classified as an ionic or covalent bond. He explains this when he went over the rough guideline of these characteristics.
By having covalent character, there is partial sharing of electrons between atoms that have an ionic bond. The degree of ionic versus covalent character of a bond is determined by the difference in electronegativity between the atoms.
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