\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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The funding was directly tied in the indictment to posts on Twitter that were connected to the IRA. Sean Gallagher, Ars Technica, "How Russia’s “influence operations” targeted the midterms (and how they still do)," 22 Oct. 2018 Google is announcing changes to its search product today, tied in part to the 20th anniversary of the company. Dieter Bohn, The Verge, "Google Search is adding a news feed to its homepage on mobile," 24 Sep. 2018 The Conservatives, which are tied in national polls with the governing Liberals, want law-enforcement authorities to stop such border crossings. Kim Mackrael, WSJ, "Trudeau Faces Growing Doubts Over Canada’s Refugee Policy," 3 Aug. 2018 With the score tied in the fifth minute of stoppage time, Kroos seemed to remind Reus of a tricky set play from training that will live in World Cup lore. Tim Booth, chicagotribune.com, "Kroos' late goal keeps Germany alive with victory over Sweden," 23 June 2018 Yet this steak looked sanely sized — a tidy round wrapped in a collar of fat tied in place with butcher’s twine. Bill Daley, chicagotribune.com, "In praise of filet mignon: Maligned by chefs yet still beloved," 14 June 2018 Ike Misali had a homer and a pair of doubles in the game, which Galion tied in the seventh. Scott Springer, Cincinnati.com, "Glory Days: Withrow topped Ohio high school baseball in 1950," 11 June 2018 Though crowd-sourcing, users began to stockpile more circumstantial evidence that the accounts were linked, possibly even tying in Colangelo's wife. The Heat Index, azcentral, "Twitter reacts to story on former Suns GM Bryan Colangelo's possible burner accounts," 30 May 2018 When it was determined Bolivia had used an ineligible player in qualifying, the results of Bolivia's games with Chile and Peru were changed, leaving Chile and Peru tied in the qualifying standings. Kevin Baxter, latimes.com, "Missing in action: Five other teams that won’t be in Russia for World Cup," 8 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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