tie

tie1 W3S2 [taı] v past tense and past participle tied present participle tying
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1¦(string/rope)¦
2¦(game/competition)¦
3 be tied to something
4 be tied to/by something
5 tie the knot
6 tie yourself (up) in knots
7 tie one on
Phrasal verbs
 tie somebody down
 tie in with something
 tie up
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[: Old English; Origin: tigan]
1.) ¦(STRING/ROPE)¦
a) [T]
to fasten things together or hold them in a particular position using a piece of string, rope etc
≠ ↑untie tie sth to/behind/onto etc sth
Tie this label to your suitcase.
tie sb to sth
They tied him to a tree and beat him up.
tie sth together (with sth)
I kept all his letters tied together with a ribbon.
tie sb's hands/arms/legs/feet
One of them tied her hands behind her back.
I tie my hair back when I'm jogging.
b) [T]
to fasten something around, over etc something else and tie the ends together
≠ ↑untie tie sth around/over/under etc sth
He had only a towel tied around his waist.
She tied a scarf over her head.
c) [T]
to make a knot in a piece of string, rope etc, for example to fasten shoes or other clothes
Can you tie your shoelaces by yourself?
tie a knot/bow
She pulled the ribbon tightly and tied a bow.
d)
if a piece of clothing ties in a particular place, you fasten it there using a belt, ↑bow etc
This dress ties at the back.
2.) ¦(GAME/COMPETITION)¦ [I]
[i]also be tied
if two players, teams etc tie or are tied in a game or competition, they finish it with an equal number of points
tie with
At the end of the season, we were tied with the Tigers.
tie for first/second etc place
Woosnam and Lyle tied for fourth place on 264.
3.) be tied to sth
to be related to something and dependent on it
The flat is tied to the job.
Interest rates are tied to the rate of inflation.
4.) be tied to/by sth
to be restricted by a particular situation, job etc, so that you cannot do exactly what you want
Many women felt tied to the house.
be tied to doing sth
I didn't want to be tied to commuting to London.
With children, you're tied by school holidays.
5.) tie the knot informal
to get married
6.) tie yourself (up) in knots informal
to become very upset because you are confused, nervous, or worried
7.) tie one on
AmE informal to get drunk
sb's hands are tied athand1 (43)
tie down [tie sb down] phr v
to restrict someone's freedom to do what they want to do
She didn't want to be tied down by a full-time job.
tie somebody down to
Are you ready to be tied down to a wife and children?
tie in with [tie in with sth] phr v
1.) to be similar to another idea, statement etc, so that they seem to be true
Her description tied in with that of the other witness.
2.) also be tied in with sth
to be related in some way to something else
How does all this tie in with their long-term aims?
3.) to happen at the same time as something else
The book was published to tie in with the TV series.
tie up phr v
1.) ¦(PERSON)¦
tie sb<=>up
to tie someone's arms, legs etc so that they cannot move
The intruders tied Kurt up and left him.
2.) ¦(OBJECT)¦
tie sth<=>up
to fasten something together, using string, rope etc
He tied up all the old newspapers.
3.) ¦(BUSY)¦
be tied up
to be very busy, so that you cannot do anything else
I can't see you tomorrow - I'll be tied up all day.
4.) ¦(TRAFFIC/PHONE/COURT ETC)¦
tie sth<=>up
especially AmE to block a system or use it so much that other people cannot use it or it does not work effectively
Don't tie up the phone lines making personal calls.
Protesters tied up the traffic for three hours today.
5.) ¦(MONEY)¦
be tied up
if your money is tied up in something, it is all being used for that thing and is not available for anything else
be tied up in
My money's all tied up in the house.
6.) ¦(ARRANGEMENTS)¦
tie sth<=>up
to finish arranging all the details of something such as an agreement or a plan
We'd better tie up the details with a solicitor.
7.) be tied up with sth
to be very closely related to something
The shortage of teachers is tied up with the issue of pay.
8.) tie up loose ends
to do the things that are necessary in order to finish a piece of work
I need to tie up a few loose ends before I go on vacation.
9.) ¦(ANIMAL)¦
tie sth<=>up
to tie an animal to something with a rope, chain etc
tie something<=>up to
She left the dog tied up to a tree.
10.)¦(BOAT)¦
to tie a boat to something with a rope, chain etc
We tied up alongside a barge.
tie sth<=>up
There was a boat tied up at the jetty.
tie 2
tie2 W3S3 n
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1¦(men's clothes)¦
2¦(connection/relationship)¦
3¦(result)¦
4¦(for closing something)¦
5¦(game)¦
6¦(prevent you from doing something)¦
7¦(railway)¦
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1.) ¦(MEN'S CLOTHES)¦
a long narrow piece of cloth tied in a knot around the neck, worn by men
I wear a shirt and tie at work.
→↑black-tie, bow tie
2.) ¦(CONNECTION/RELATIONSHIP)¦ [usually plural]
a strong relationship between people, groups, or countries
close/strong ties
the importance of strong family ties
tie between/with
close ties between the two countries
economic/diplomatic/personal etc ties
Japan's strong economic ties with Taiwan
the ties of marriage/friendship/love etc
3.) ¦(RESULT)¦ [usually singular]
the result of a game, competition, or election when two or more people or teams get the same number of points, votes etc
British Equivalent: draw
The match ended in a tie.
4.) ¦(FOR CLOSING SOMETHING)¦
a piece of string, wire etc used to fasten or close something such as a bag
5.) ¦(GAME)¦
BrE one game, especially of football, that is part of a larger competition
tie against
England's World Cup tie against Argentina
first round/second round etc tie
home/away tie
6.) ¦(PREVENT YOU FROM DOING SOMETHING)¦
something that means you must stay in one place, job etc or prevents you from being free to do what you want
If you enjoy travelling, young children can be a tie.
7.) ¦(RAILWAY)¦
AmE a heavy piece of wood or metal supporting a railway track
British Equivalent: sleeper

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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