\ ˈtī-ˌin How to pronounce tie-in (audio) \

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

tied in; tying in or tieing in; ties 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

Examples of tie-in in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Four sisters in Massachusetts forge unbreakable family ties in this adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s story. Los Angeles Times, "Movies on TV this week Sept. 15, 2019: ‘Alien,’ ‘Aliens’ and more," 13 Sep. 2019 Meadows also broke a tie in a 2-0 victory against the Baltimore Orioles in Tuesday’s doubleheader nightcap. Mark Didtler, orlandosentinel.com, "Austin Meadows helps wild card-leading Rays beat Blue Jays 6-4," 5 Sep. 2019 The survey also shows Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont edging out the president 48 percent to 44 percent and Trump tied in potential showdowns with Sens. Fox News, "Trump trailing Biden in crucial 2020 battleground of Wisconsin: poll," 4 Sep. 2019 After a crisis in relations when Turkish jets shot down a Russian warplane near the Syrian border in 2015, Putin and Erdogan have strengthened economic and military ties in recent years as relations between Turkey and its NATO ally have strained. Time, "Russia Is Trying to Sell Turkey Its Own Stealthy New Fighter After U.S. Revoked Access to F-35," 27 Aug. 2019 The second reason to keep ties in Africa strong is simple: China. Kaj Larsen, National Review, "The U.S. Must Remain in Africa’s Fight against Boko Haram," 21 Aug. 2019 Ruzkowski said landfills charge up to $50 a ton to dump, and the cost of hauling ties in hundreds of trucks is even greater. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "As Nickel Plate track removal nears, competing bidders say something doesn't add up," 4 Aug. 2019 The fund, the China-US Industrial Cooperation Partnership, was set up to invest in American manufacturing and health care companies and then forge business ties in China. Alan Rappeport, New York Times, "Chinese Money in the U.S. Dries Up as Trade War Drags On," 21 July 2019 But over that span, New England has emerged victorious only four times — all against Western Conference foes — while earning ties in four crucial Eastern Conference matchups. Dan Shulman, BostonGlobe.com, "Revolution look to continue upward swing against Vancouver," 16 July 2019

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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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The first known use of tie-in was in 1793

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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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