verb (used with object), tied, ty·ing.
verb (used without object), tied, ty·ing.
- to connect or be connected; be consistent: His story ties in with the facts.
- Surveying. to establish the position of (a point not part of a survey control).
- to make a tie-in, especially in advertising or a sale: The paperback book is tied in with the movie of the same title.
- to fasten securely by tying.
- to wrap; bind.
- to hinder; impede.
- to bring to a stop; make inactive.
- to invest or place (money) in such a way as to render unavailable for other uses.
- to place (property) under such conditions or restrictions as to prevent sale or alienation.
- to moor a ship.
- to engage or occupy completely: I can't see you now, I'm all tied up.
Origin of tie
SYNONYMS FOR tie
Related formsre·tie, verb (used with object), re·tied, re·ty·ing.un·der·tie, nounun·der·tie, verb (used with object), un·der·tied, un·der·ty·ing.well-tied, adjective
Examples from the Web for tie
What could be more important, to make sure that side of things is right before we tie ourselves to someone forever?‘Downton Abbey’ Review: A Fire, Some Sex, and Sad, Sad Edith|Kevin Fallon|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
In fact, Clark fell back first from her blows, losing his cap, tie, and badge in the melee.Dr. King Goes to Hollywood: The Flawed History of ‘Selma’|Gary May|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Instead, the Republicans should tie their push for infrastructure to getting folks off the couch and back to work.Bush, Christie, Romney: Who’ll Be the GOP Class Warrior?|Lloyd Green|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cheney is relying on some thin evidence to tie Hussein to al-Qaida.
I settle for a sweater and jacket and throw a tie in my briefcase just in case it turns out to be the prom.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Tie a piece of cheese-cloth over the top of jug and stand it in a warm kitchen about one week, until it begins to ferment.
In the case of a tie the stakes are divided between the two or more players who have an equal number.Round Games with Cards|W. H. Peel
When pulling on the tie pin the arms of the holder tend to draw together and clamp it on the pin.The Boy Mechanic, Book 2|Various
And the shaman desired a man to tie the bird's wings to her side so that she might be still.The Strange Story Book|Mrs. Andrew Lang
Tossing the rosebuds on the bench, she began to draw into smoothness the silken loop that defaced the tie.Flood Tide|Sara Ware Bassett
British Dictionary definitions for tie
verb ties, tying or tied
- to execute (two successive notes of the same pitch) as though they formed one note of composite time value
- to connect (two printed notes) with a tie
- an equality in score, attainment, etc, in a contest
- the match or competition in which such a result is attained