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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 Rachel Slusher of Joppa finished in a first-place tie in the women’s 15 miler. Bill Blewett, baltimoresun.com, "Churchville resident Matt Burdette burning up 100-mile courses," 1 Aug. 2019 Hoffman will team with 2007 Zurich winner Nick Watney, hoping to improve on last year's fifth-place tie in the tournament. Ron Higgins, NOLA.com, "Presidents Cup captain Steve Stricker and Charley Hoffman join the Zurich Classic entry list," 10 Apr. 2018 The win moved Louisville and Virginia Tech into a tie in the Atlantic Coast Conference and guaranteed the Cards at least a .500 record in league play. Jeff Greer, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville basketball lands key road conference win at Virginia Tech," 24 Feb. 2018 Having known that Seattle already had won at Philadelphia on Sunday afternoon, the pressure was on for the 49ers to keep pace with the Seahawks or risk falling into a first-place tie in the division. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "The 49ers are worthy of your respect — and your fear," 24 Nov. 2019 Last February, the Dons knocked off the Corsairs 71-69 to finish in a fourth-place tie in the conference standings. Jon J. Kerr, chicagotribune.com, "Pioneer Press 2019-20 boys basketball preview: East Suburban Catholic Conference," 20 Nov. 2019 The freshman from Reminderville is studying marketing at Tri-C. Tri-C battled to a fourth-place tie in the OCAC this season with an 8-8 record. Carol Kovach, cleveland, "Sponsor a holiday wreath for an Independence veteran’s grave: Sun Postings," 12 Nov. 2019 Speaking of turnovers, Alabama’s taken six in two games for an eighth-place tie in the national rankings. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "A few extra observations as Alabama moves on to SEC play," 8 Sep. 2019 What to wear: A blonde shoulder-length wig smartly parted to the side, tied in a topknot or pulled back. Garrett Mitchell, azcentral, "Need a last-minute Halloween costume? Dress as one of these Arizona internet icons," 28 Oct. 2019

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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.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tie%20in?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=t&file=tiein001. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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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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