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tie up

verb

Definition of tie up

  • transitive verb
    1. 1 :  to attach, fasten, or bind securely; also :  to wrap up and fasten

    2. 2a :  to connect closely :  join <tie up the loose ends>b :  to cause to be linked so as to depend on or relate to something

    3. 3a :  to place or invest in such a manner as to make unavailable for other purposes <their money was tied up in stocks>b :  to restrain from normal movement, operation, or progress <traffic was tied up for miles>

    4. 4a :  to keep busy <was tied up in conference all day>b :  to preempt the use of <tied up the phone for an hour>

    5. intransitive verb
    6. 1 :  dock <the ferry ties up at the south slip>

    7. 2 :  to assume a definite relationship <this ties up with what I told you before>



    Examples of tie up in a sentence

    1. <an accident is tying up traffic at 5th and Broadway>



    1530

    First Known Use of tie up

    1530



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