tie-up

noun \ ˈtī-ˌəp \
Updated on: 18 Nov 2017

Definition of tie-up

1 :a slowdown or stoppage of traffic, business, or operation (as by a mechanical breakdown)
2 :connection, association
  • helpful financial tie-ups
3 a :a cow stable; also :a space for a single cow in a stable
b :a mooring place for a boat

First Known Use of tie-up

1851


tie up

verb

Definition of tie up

transitive verb
1 :to attach, fasten, or bind securely; also :to wrap up and fasten
2 a :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 a :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 a :to keep busy
  • was tied up in conference all day
b :to preempt the use of
  • tied up the phone for an hour
intransitive verb
1 :dock
  • the ferry ties up at the south slip
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

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First Known Use of tie up

1530


TIE-UP Defined for English Language Learners

tie-up

noun

Definition of tie-up for English Language Learners

  • : a situation in which something (such as traffic) becomes very slow or stops because of a problem, accident, etc.

  • : a close connection between people or things

  • : an agreement to do business together



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