tie up

verb

Definition of tie up

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to attach, fasten, or bind securely; also :  to wrap up and fasten

  3. 2a :  to connect closely :  join tie up the loose endsb :  to cause to be linked so as to depend on or relate to something

  4. 3a :  to place or invest in such a manner as to make unavailable for other purposes their money was tied up in stocksb :  to restrain from normal movement, operation, or progress traffic was tied up for miles

  5. 4a :  to keep busy was tied up in conference all dayb :  to preempt the use of tied up the phone for an hour

  6. intransitive verb
  7. 1 :  dock the ferry ties up at the south slip

  8. 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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