\ˈtī-ˌin \

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


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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Scott, who is African American, had strong ties in South Los Angeles after heading the LAPD’s South Bureau. James Queally, latimes.com, "L.A. mayor's pick for LAPD chief is 36-year veteran with deep mastery of crime statistics," 5 June 2018 While visiting Slovakia on Monday, Holcomb promoted the two countries' strong ties in defense and education. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "5 quirky highlights from Gov. Eric Holcomb's Europe trip," 24 May 2018 Arizona State at Oregon Tipoff: 11:30 p.m. TV: FS1 Off the rim: These teams are tied in the Pac-12 at 7-7. Elton Alexander, cleveland.com, "College Basketball 2018: Games to watch, live scoreboard for this weekend, Feb. 24-25 (video)," 23 Feb. 2018 New coach Dan Hurley has strong ties in New York and New Jersey, as does assistant coach Kimani Young, who recommended Brown for the post. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Former Husky Taliek Brown Joins UConn Men's Basketball Coaching Staff," 3 July 2018 The deal depleted the depth of the defending WNBA champion, which stumbled to a 3-6 start before reeling off four consecutive victories and climbing to a sixth-place tie in the league standings at 7-6. Percy Allen, The Seattle Times, "Storm’s Natasha Howard proving her point that more minutes equals better stats," 25 June 2018 Victor, the last man to qualify out of the NCAA East Preliminary, picked up a 1.5 points with a seventh-place tie in the high jump. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "UF track and field coach Mike Holloway has Gator men, women on cusp of NCAA titles," 7 June 2018 Burroughs 12, Pasadena 2 (five innings): With the win Tuesday at Olive Park, the Indians remain in a first-place tie in the Pacific League with one game to play. Staff Reports, latimes.com, "Sports Roundup: Burroughs baseball gets by rival Burbank," 9 May 2018 The defending champion Soul (3-1) never caught up thereafter in the 31-21 loss, and the Brigade (3-1) moved into a first-place tie in the Arena Football League standings. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Brigade receiver leaves the field for highlight-reel touchdown catch," 5 May 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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