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
Antonyms for tie
Related Words for tieconnection, link, draw, commitment, allegiance, join, secure, clinch, attach, knot, meet, match, fetter, tie-in, strap, gag, network, ligature, nexus, attachment
Examples from the Web for tie
Contemporary Examples of 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
January 5, 2015
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’
January 2, 2015
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?
December 15, 2014
Cheney is relying on some thin evidence to tie Hussein to al-Qaida.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec. 14
December 14, 2014
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
December 13, 2014
Historical Examples of tie
Strong as is the tie of interest, it has been often found ineffectual.
She called for Eileen, told her to tie on her sunshade and be ready for a short ride.Her Father's Daughter
As an honest man, it was for him to judge if he had the right of cutting the tie there and for ever.The Dream
"Better slip back there and tie him, and land the ship," he says.Tom Sawyer Abroad
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
You must get hold of Bwana Nyele, and you must tie him fast also, and keep him from his safari.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
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.