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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

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This promotion is just one of a slew of events and products tying in to the series’ silver anniversary. Tyler Aquilina, EW.com, "Los Angeles is getting its own Friends-themed Central Perk pop-up," 15 Aug. 2019 Manufacturing endured a similar slump in 2016, tied in part to a sharp drop in oil prices and an investment slowdown in China, after a currency devaluation by Beijing in 2015 spooked global investors. Nelson D. Schwartz, New York Times, "Markets Are Shaken by New Signs of Global Economic Trouble," 14 Aug. 2019 Outbreaks of extreme cold and heavy snows in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, for example, have been tied in part to Arctic ice loss. Andrew Freedman, BostonGlobe.com, "Loss of Arctic sea ice may not be causing cold winters in US, Asia after all, study finds," 14 Aug. 2019 As a tie-in to Galaxy’s Edge, both of the older rides have new video, lighting, sound, music and story programming tied in closely to Galaxy’s Edge. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Disney’s Pixar Pier marks first anniversary with opening of final attraction," 28 June 2019 Smartphone companies see such an innovation as necessary to arrest a sales slowdown tied in part to a lengthening cycle of device replacement. Dan Strumpf, WSJ, "Smartphone Makers Seek Foldable Phones With Flex Appeal," 31 Oct. 2018 Some who knew Cruz cut ties in part because of his unnerving and scary Instagram posts and photographs, including one showing a gun’s laser sight pointed at a neighborhood street. Kevin Sullivan, Washington Post, "Fla. shooting suspect had a history of explosive anger, depression, killing animals," 6 Mar. 2018 Natural setting It will help the city stay on the trail toward an idea that dates back 20 years, tying in Deer Creek and its natural amenities to the commercial center, city officials said. Jim Riccioli, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A step toward New Berlin's Central Park: Grant reinforces plans for City Center area," 29 Jan. 2018 Catch highlights from its history and learn how counterculture and activism tie in to how this form of media is born and raised. OregonLive.com, "7 things to do in Portland in the week ahead," 17 Jan. 2018

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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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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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