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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 color tied in perfectly with her fascinator and dress in the same shade of fuchsia—bringing her entire look together. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kate Middleton Just Wore Bright Pink Blush at Princess Eugenie's Royal Wedding," 12 Oct. 2018 The Nanny because a sensation—tying in terms of Household Rating with the now infamous mega-hit, Roseanne on Nielsen’s list of shows for the 1995-96 season. Samantha Leach, Glamour, "Fran Drescher Was Always Ahead of Her Time," 30 Aug. 2018 McNiff said the play tied in with the Ramona Unified School District’s discipline program based on eight character traits, which include honesty, respect and responsibility. Julie Gallant, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Students take initiative to perform "Stop Bullying" play," 25 May 2018 That ties in with the idea that genetic variation might be important in a way that plays out system-wide. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Large genetic study finds first genes connected with ADHD," 27 Nov. 2018 But there’s good news, as the old Lions get set to gather again: The years tend to heal all wounds, even the sting of an 8-8 tie in the final game of a remarkable three-year run. Phil Anastasia, Philly.com, "Remembering Gloucester's unbeaten football teams of 1969-70-71," 14 Apr. 2018 As for the game Monday, the A’s bashed four homers, including Matt Chapman’s two-run smash to dead center to break a 3-3 tie in the top of the seventh inning. Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times, "It’s a celebration at Safeco Field, but visiting A’s enjoy all the fun of making playoffs," 24 Sep. 2018 If confirmed, Judge Kavanaugh would break a likely tie in the North Carolina case. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Trump Calls North Carolina Gerrymandering Ruling ‘Unfair’," 31 Aug. 2018 Vice President Mike Pence could break a 50-50 tie in the Senate. Gregg Re, Fox News, "Kavanaugh nod touches off Supreme Court confirmation battle; Dems warn of 'deaths of countless women'," 10 July 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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to reflect, repel, echo, or resound

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