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 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|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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’|Marlow Stern|December 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Julia Grinberg|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Nina Strochlic|November 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Investigators say his killing might have been tied to local drug violence.
His voice was shrill and high; he agitated his hands in their fine, tied sleeves. 'The Fifth Queen Crowned|Ford Madox Ford
Bunker rowed the boat half way across the lake, and tied it to one of the trees that grew on a little island.Bunny Brown and His Sister Sue at Camp Rest-A-While|Laura Lee Hope
Gussie was then to be surrounded, hustled to a neighboring tree and tied to it.Marjorie Dean, College Senior|Pauline Lester
But the hunter was kind to the turtle: he tied it near a banana-tree, and gave it food every hour.Filipino Popular Tales|Dean S. Fansler
A horse and carriage had been tied to a hitching post and by contrast an expensive, new automobile was parked beside it.Hoofbeats on the Turnpike|Mildred A. Wirt
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.