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Definition of tie-in

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that ties in, relates, or connects especially in a promotional campaign
2 : a book that inspired or was inspired by a motion picture or television program

tie in

tied in; tying in or tieing in; ties in

Definition of tie in (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to bring into connection with something relevant: such as
a : to make the final connection of tied in the new branch pipeline
b : to coordinate in such a manner as to produce balance and unity the illustrations were tied in with the text
c : to use as a tie-in especially in advertising

intransitive verb

: to become tied in

Examples of tie-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Park Planning Superintendent Ted Jack said having the larger area for a park would tie in nicely with the natural corridor that is Mud Creek. Stacy Ryburn, Arkansas Online, "Fayetteville Planning Commission splits vote on developed, natural areas of Mud Creek project," 13 Oct. 2020 After struggling early in the season, the Bluebirds have four wins and a tie in their last five games. James Weber, The Enquirer, "Highlands soccer programs start their quest for regional 3-peat next week," 10 Oct. 2020 Tampa Bay’s Mike Brosseau homered off Aroldis Chapman to break a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning, Diego Castillo pitched a 1-2-3 ninth and the Rays eliminated the Yankees in the decisive fifth game of their ALDS on Friday. Patrick Reusse, Star Tribune, "Astonishing Tampa Bay Rays keep on winning," 10 Oct. 2020 The presidential race between Joe Biden and President Trump has narrowed to a tie in Ohio, according to the latest poll in the battleground state. Haley Victory Smith, Washington Examiner, "Presidential race narrows to tie in Ohio: Poll," 4 Oct. 2020 The teams played to a 14-14 tie in 1961 at Trinity Field. Jason Frakes, The Courier-Journal, "Defense, special teams play big for No. 1-ranked Trinity in rout of rival St. Xavier," 3 Oct. 2020 The two teams look to break that tie in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday, Sept. 23. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Stars vs. Lightning Game 3 live stream (9/23): How to watch Stanley Cup online, TV, time," 23 Sep. 2020 The Dillon Stadium pandemonium quickly turned to boos as the referee waived his arms, and Hartford’s late rally fell to pieces as Athletic settled for a 1-1 tie in its final home game of the regular season. Shawn Mcfarland, courant.com, "Hartford Athletic draws with Philadelphia Union II, as McGlynn’s late game winner is waived off," 23 Sep. 2020 Molica ran 24 times for 140 yards, as North broke a 14-all tie in the fourth quarter. Matt Goul, cleveland, "Garrett Kubitz breaks Brecksville record, Richtell McCallister fuels Streetsboro, sophomore leads Highland’s sting: Week 4 HS football top performers," 20 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of tie-in


1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1793, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

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“Tie-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tie-in. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tie-in

: a product (such as a toy) that is connected with a movie, television show, etc.

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