- The definition of a tie is something that connects or bonds two or more people or things together.
An example of a tie is two people being blood-related.
- Tie is defined as a long narrow finished piece of fabric worn around the neck and under the collar of a button-down shirt.
An example of a tie is what's worn around the neck and knotted at the throat of someone wearing a suit.
- Tie means to fasten or bind two or more things together with string or rope or to make a knot or bow.
An example of to tie is making a bow with shoelaces.
transitive verbtied, tying or tieing
- to fasten, attach, or bind together or to something else, as with string, cord, or rope made secure by knotting, etc.: to tie someone's hands, to tie a boat to a pier
- to draw together or join the parts, ends, or sides of by tightening and knotting laces, strings, etc.: to tie one's shoes
- to make by fastening together parts: to tie fishing flies
- to make (a knot or bow)
- to make a knot or bow in: to tie one's necktie
- to fasten, connect, join, or bind in any way: tied by common interests
- to confine; restrain; restrict
- to equal the score or achievement of, as in a contest
- to equal (a score, record, etc.)
- Informal to join in marriage
- Music to connect with a tie
Origin of tieMiddle English tien ; from Old English tigan, tegan; akin to teag, a rope: for Indo-European base see tow
- to be capable of being tied; make a tie
- to make an equal score or achievement, as in a contest
- a string, lace, cord, etc. used to tie things
- something that connects, binds, or joins; bond; link: a business tie, ties of affection
- something that confines, limits, or restricts: legal ties
- a beam, rod, etc. that holds together parts of a building and strengthens against stress
- ☆ any of the parallel crossbeams to which the rails of a railroad are fastened
- an equality of scores, votes, achievement, etc. in a contest
- a contest or match in which there is such an equality; draw; stalemate
- low shoes fastened with laces, as oxfords
- Music a curved line above or below two notes of the same pitch, indicating that the tone is to be held unbroken for the duration of their combined values
Origin of tieME tege, teige < OE teag, teah, a rope
- to bring into or have a connection
- to make or be consistent, harmonious, etc.
- to make (a rope or line) fast
- to close off passage through by tying with something
tie one on☆
- to tie firmly or securely
- to wrap up and tie with string, cord, etc.
- to moor (a ship or boat) to a dock
- ☆ to obstruct; hinder; stop
- to cause to be already in use, retained, committed, etc.
verbtied tied, ty·ing , ties
- To fasten or secure with or as if with a cord, rope, or strap: tied the kite to a post; tie up a bundle.
- To fasten by drawing together the parts or sides and knotting with strings or laces: tied her shoes.
- a. To make by fastening ends or parts: tie a knot.b. To put a knot or bow in: tie a neck scarf.
- To confine or restrict as if with cord: duties that tied him to the office.
- To bring together in relationship; connect or unite: friends who were tied by common interests; people who are tied by blood or marriage.
- a. To equal (an opponent or an opponent's score) in a contest.b. To equal an opponent's score in (a contest): tied the game with minutes remaining.
- Music To join (notes) by a tie.
- To be fastened or attached: The apron ties at the back.
- To achieve equal scores in a contest.
- A cord, string, or other means by which something is tied.
- Something that connects or unites; a link: a blood tie; marital ties.
- A necktie.
- A beam or rod that joins parts and gives support.
- One of the timbers or slabs of concrete laid across a railroad bed to support the rails.
- a. An equality of scores, votes, or performance in a contest: The election ended in a tie.b. A contest so resulting; a draw.
- Music A curved line above or below two notes of the same pitch, indicating that the tone is to be sustained for their combined duration.
Origin of tieMiddle English teien, from Old English tīgan; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
- A knot; a fastening.
- A knot of hair, as at the back of a wig.
- A necktie (item of clothing consisting of a strip of cloth tied around the neck). See also bow tie, black tie.
- The situation in which two or more participants in a competition are placed equally.
- It's two outs in the bottom of the ninth, tie score.
- A twist tie, a piece of wire embedded in paper, strip of plastic with ratchets, or similar object which is wound around something and tightened.
- A strong connection between people or groups of people; a bond.
- the sacred ties of friendship or of duty; the ties of allegiance
- (construction) A structural member firmly holding two pieces together.
- Ties work to maintain structural integrity in windstorms and earthquakes.
- (rail transport, US) A horizontal wooden or concrete structural member that supports and ties together rails.
- (cricket) The situation at the end of all innings of a match where both sides have the same total of runs (different to a draw).
- (sports, UK) A meeting between two players or teams in a competition.
- The FA Cup third round tie between Liverpool and Cardiff was their first meeting in the competition since 1957.
- (music) A curved line connecting two notes of the same pitch denoting that they should be played as a single note with the combined length of both notes (not to be confused with a slur).
- (statistics) One or more equal values or sets of equal values in the data set.
- (surveying) A bearing and distance between a lot corner or point and a benchmark or iron off site.
- (graph theory) connection between two vertices.
- In cricket, a tie and a draw are not the same. See Result (cricket).
From Old English tēag, tēah.
(third-person singular simple present ties, present participle tying, simple past and past participle tied)
- To twist (a string, rope, or the like) around itself securely.
- Tie this rope in a knot for me, please.
- Tie the rope to this tree.
- To form (a knot or the like) in a string or the like.
- Tie a knot in this rope for me, please.
- To attach or fasten (one thing to another) by string or the like.
- Tie him to the tree.
- To secure (something) by string or the like.
- Tie your shoes.
- (intransitive) To have the same score or position as another in a competition or ordering.
- They tied for third place.
- They tied the game.
- (US) To have the same score or position as (another) in a competition or ordering.
- He tied me for third place.
- (music) To unite (musical notes) with a line or slur in the notation.
From Old English tīġan, tiegan.