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
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Contemporary Examples of tied
But below the surfaces of many of his films, rude, angry sex simmered; cool, icy blondes were tied up, handcuffed, humiliated.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days
December 13, 2014
Well, the only way Dexter could have been tied up in a bow was if the last episode would have been the last episode of Season 4.Michael C. Hall on Going Drag for ‘Hedwig and the Angry Inch’ and Exorcising ‘Dexter’
December 4, 2014
David delivers his one line with such crippling eeriness that then tied it all together.Nitehawk Shorts Festival: ‘Brute,’ a Twisted Take on Playing in the Dark
November 28, 2014
Is this in any way going to involve us in getting us in there and getting us tied down there?‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
November 23, 2014
Investigators say his killing might have been tied to local drug violence.The Shocking Death of Miss Honduras
November 19, 2014
Historical Examples of tied
Or, if I'd only got tied up in some way for a few weeks—something I could tide over.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
He was interred under the stunted oak where Master Headley had been tied.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
"It was Captain Haley that tied me here," said Robert, his scruples removed.Brave and Bold
Their hands were tied and they were to be executed in a few moments.Ancient Man
Hendrik Willem van Loon
For our relief I tied up the horses for some time before letting them go.Explorations in Australia
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.