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: something that ties in, relates, or connects especially in a promotional campaign
: a book that inspired or was inspired by a motion picture or television program

tie in

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tied in; tying in or tieing in; ties in

transitive verb

: to bring into connection with something relevant: such as
: to make the final connection of
tied in the new branch pipeline
: to coordinate in such a manner as to produce balance and unity
the illustrations were tied in with the text
: to use as a tie-in especially in advertising

intransitive verb

: to become tied in

Examples of tie-in in a Sentence

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Gratitude tie-in: Good things come to those who say please and thank you. Roxana Popescu, San Diego Union-Tribune, 19 Nov. 2023 These also often include tie-ins with other companies, such as the Marvel universe. Chris Morris, Fortune, 6 Nov. 2023 If all of this sounds more like marketing than tangible flavor notes or a true cultural tie-in, there may be something to that. Jonah Flicker, Robb Report, 3 Nov. 2023 Unlike the wholesome pop of that movie tie-in album, Desire Wire cast Bullens as an arena-ready rocker eager to kick out a few jams. David Browne, Rolling Stone, 2 Nov. 2023 Just before the summit, Prime Minister Sunak announced a live Thursday tie-in interview with Musk that will take place on Musk's social media platform X. Benj Edwards, Ars Technica, 1 Nov. 2023 Celebrity tie-ins are part of the franchise’s attempt to broaden its appeal beyond its roots as a wartime simulator, particularly as ongoing real-life conflicts persist. Gene Park, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2023 Explore Tyler Posey See latest videos, charts and news The latest episode on Wednesday night (Oct. 25) had a Harry Potter theme, a neat tie-in with the annual celebration of all things spooky. Lars Brandle, Billboard, 26 Oct. 2023 This piece of terminal tackle provides three tie-in points: One for the main line running to your surf fishing reel. Joe Cermele, Field & Stream, 26 Oct. 2023
Their semifinal proved to be a much tougher affair, as Monterrey pushed them all the way until Stephany Mayor scored the only goal of the tie in the 82nd minute of the second leg. Neel Shelat, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 The cat-callers meet their karma by getting run over by a truck; fighting each other to death; and getting choked by the tie in an elevator shaft. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, 27 Nov. 2023 Coin tosses have also broken ties in Idaho and Kentucky. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 21 Nov. 2023 Shortly after the Hamas attacks, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi spoke on the phone with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman for the first time since the states renewed their ties in March 2023. Maria Fantappie and Vali Nasr, Foreign Affairs, 20 Nov. 2023 Beijing and the Vatican severed diplomatic ties in 1951 following the Communist Party’s rise to power and the expulsion of foreign priests. Reuters, NBC News, 14 Nov. 2023 The Detroit Lions and New York Giants play the last scoreless tie in the NFL. 1968 — Red Berenson scores six goals, including four in the second period, to lead the St. Louis Blues to an 8-0 victory over Philadelphia. 1974 — South Africa is awarded the Davis Cup against India. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Iran and Saudi Arabia agreed to restore diplomatic ties in March under a deal facilitated by China, easing a geopolitical rivalry in the Persian Gulf and highlighting Beijing’s growing influence in the region. WSJ, 6 Nov. 2023 The patio's curved lines and traditional decorative details tie in with the formal style of the garden outside. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1925, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1793, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Time Traveler
The first known use of tie-in was in 1793

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“Tie-in.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tie-in. Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

tie in

: to bring into connection with something
: to become connected
illustrations that tie in with the text

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