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
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
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
Word Origin for tie
"that with which anything is tied," Old English teag, from Proto-Germanic *taugo (cf. Old Norse taug "tie," tygill "string"), from PIE *deuk- "to pull, to lead" (cf. Old English teon "to draw, pull, drag;" see duke (n.)).
Figurative sense is recorded from 1550s. Meaning "equality between competitors" is first found 1670s, from notion of a connecting link (tie-breaker is recorded from 1961). Sense of "necktie, cravat" first recorded 1761. The railway sense of "transverse sleeper" is from 1857, American English.
Old English tigan, tiegan, from the source of tie (n.). Related: Tied; tying. Tie-dye first attested 1904. Tie one on "get drunk" is recorded from 1951. In the noun sense of "connection," tie-in dates from 1934.