tie

verb
\ ˈtī How to pronounce tie (audio) \
tied; tying\ ˈtī-​iŋ How to pronounce tying (audio) \ or tieing

Definition of tie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : to fasten, attach, or close by means of a tie
b : to form a knot or bow in tie your scarf
c : to make by tying constituent elements tied a wreath tie a fishing fly
2a : to place or establish in relationship : connect
b : to unite in marriage
c : to unite (musical notes) by a tie
d : to join (power systems) electrically
3 : to restrain from independence or freedom of action or choice : constrain by or as if by authority, influence, agreement, or obligation
4a(1) : to make or have an equal score with in a contest
(2) : to equalize (the score) in a game or contest
(3) : to equalize the score of (a game)
b : to provide or offer something equal to : equal

intransitive verb

: to make a tie: such as
a : to make a bond or connection
b : to make an equal score
c : to become attached
d : to close by means of a tie
tie into
: to attack with vigor
tie one on
slang
: to get drunk
tie the knot
: to perform a marriage ceremony also : to get married

tie

noun

Definition of tie (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a line, ribbon, or cord used for fastening, uniting, or drawing something closed especially : shoelace
b(1) : a structural element (such as a rod or angle iron) holding two pieces together : a tension member in a construction
(2) : any of the transverse supports to which railroad rails are fastened to keep them in line
2 : something that serves as a connecting link: such as
a : a moral or legal obligation to someone or something typically constituting a restraining power, influence, or duty
b : a bond of kinship or affection
3 : a curved line that joins two musical notes of the same pitch to denote a single tone sustained through the time value of the two
4a : an equality in number (as of votes or scores)
b : equality in a contest also : a contest that ends in a draw
5 : a method or style of tying or knotting
6 : something that is knotted or is to be knotted when worn: such as
a : necktie
b : a low laced shoe : oxford

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Other Words from tie

Noun

tieless \ ˈtī-​ləs How to pronounce tieless (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms & Antonyms for tie

Synonyms: Verb

band, bind, truss

Synonyms: Noun

dead heat, draw, stalemate, standoff

Antonyms: Verb

unbind, untie

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Examples of tie in a Sentence

Verb

His kidnappers tied him to a chair. She tied a scarf around her neck. She tied knots in the rope. You need to tie your shoe. His hands and feet had been tied together. She tied the apron loosely around her waist. The team still has a chance to tie. I had the lead but he tied me by making a birdie on the last hole. Her time tied the world record. He tied the school's record in the high jump.

Noun

He was wearing a suit and tie. You have a spot on your tie. The pants have a tie at the top. He was not ready to accept the ties of family life.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner may have already tied the knot in a Las Vegas ceremony, but that’s not stopping them from having the European wedding of their dreams. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Joe Jonas and Sophie Turner Will Reportedly Have a Second Wedding in Europe," 4 May 2019 The couple actually tied the knot in France back in May 2013 with an intimate ceremony, according to People. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Keira Knightley Is Reportedly Pregnant with Her Second Child," 3 May 2019 The couple tied the knot in a secret ceremony five years later. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Adele Broke Her Silence on Her Divorce in the Funniest Way Possible," 2 May 2019 The events of the Battle of Winterfell tied together a number of elements from GoT's past quite nicely, from the poetic final death of Lord Beric Dondarrion to the ironic usage of Littlefield's dagger to protect Bran. Ineye Komonibo, Marie Claire, "Daenerys' Maybe-Green Eyes on Game of Thrones Could Be Key to Her Fate," 2 May 2019 Actor Idris Elba and longtime girlfriend Sabrina Dhowre have officially tied the knot. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Idris Elba and Sabrina Dhowre Tie the Knot in a Moroccan Wedding," 27 Apr. 2019 Starting a family The notoriously private couple officially tied the knot in 2003, after eight years of dating. Heather Finn, Good Housekeeping, "A Rare Look Inside Paul Rudd's Nearly 25-Year Relationship With His Wife, Julie Yaeger," 25 Apr. 2019 The lovebirds, who met back in first grade, tied the knot in 2012—a milestone that's made its way into a number of Thomas' tunes. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "Everything to Know About Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins' Adorable Kids," 7 Apr. 2019 After all, Apple kind of has its hands (or cords) tied. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "Why the iPhone Won't Dump Lightning for USB-C Even Though the iPad Pro Did," 11 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Franklin’s father, civil rights activist and Baptist minister C.L. Franklin, was exceptionally sharp in a crisp blue shirt and tie. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "In Amazing Grace, Aretha Franklin Reminds Us That Fashion Can Be Divine," 10 Apr. 2019 Taylor Hill goes ultra-femme in hot pink, before donning a suit and tie. Carine Roitfeld, Harper's BAZAAR, "The modern bride is a rebel, a romantic, a maverick, a mother–and so much more.," 2 Apr. 2019 Gillum is a young, black Democrat with local ties and an inspirational story. Ella Nilsen, Vox, "Democrats are betting Andrew Gillum’s historic candidacy can change the Florida electorate," 7 Nov. 2018 Surveillance video caught the attacker, who was well-dressed in a suit and tie, swinging his fists against the man’s head until the victim fell to the ground. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Person of interest ID'd in Times Square subway station attack," 2 Oct. 2018 But it is laid out in unprecedented detail across nearly 200 pages of the special counsel’s report, which also describes Russian efforts to forge ties with members of Trump’s campaign to further the Kremlin’s interference goals. ... Alan Cullison, WSJ, "‘Putin Has Won’: Mueller Report Details the Ways Russia Interfered in the 2016 Election," 19 Apr. 2019 Erin shared a new image to both Twitter and Instagram, which marks her first posts since Hallmark announced their decision to cut ties with her co-star. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "'When Calls the Heart' Star Erin Krakow Speaks Out Amid the Lori Loughlin Drama," 9 Apr. 2019 In 2017, Rose was also seen attending a banquet at Buckingham Palace in honor of King Felipe and Queen Letizia's visit, an invitation which emphasized her close ties to the royal family. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Who Is Rose Hanbury, the Marchioness of Cholmondeley?," 25 Mar. 2019 Amid the turmoil, ownership of the dormant Tully’s chain has been shrouded in a tangle of shell companies with ties to Avenatti. James Queally, The Seattle Times, "Lawyer Michael Avenatti, accused of fraud and attempts to extort Nike, is arrested," 25 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of tie

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for tie

Noun

Middle English teg, tye, from Old English tēag; akin to Old Norse taug rope, Old English tēon to pull — more at tow entry 1

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tie

verb

English Language Learners Definition of tie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to attach (someone or something) to something with a string, rope, etc.
: to pass (something, such as a string, ribbon, or rope) around itself in a way that attaches it to something or holds it in place : to make a knot or bow in (something)
: to close or hold (something) with a string, rope, etc., that is attached to it or wrapped around it

tie

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tie (Entry 2 of 2)

: a piece of string, ribbon, cord, etc., that is used for fastening, joining, or closing something
: something (such as an idea, interest, experience, or feeling) that is shared by people or groups and that forms a connection between them
: a responsibility that limits a person's freedom to do other things

tie

noun
\ ˈtī How to pronounce tie (audio) \

Kids Definition of tie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : necktie
2 : an equality in number (as of votes or scores) The game ended in a tie.
3 : a contest that ends with an equal score They finished the season with six wins and two ties.
4 : one of the cross supports to which railroad rails are fastened
5 : a connecting link : bond family ties
6 : a line, ribbon, or cord used for fastening, joining, or closing
7 : a part (as a beam or rod) holding two pieces together

tie

verb
tied; tying\ ˈtī-​iŋ \ or tieing

Kids Definition of tie (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to fasten, attach, or close by means of a tie
2 : to form a knot or bow in
3 : to bring together firmly : unite They are tied by marriage.
4 : to hold back from freedom of action Obligations tied her down.
5 : to make or have an equal score with in a contest

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