- 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.
tie definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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: ME tege, teige < OE teag, teah, a rope
tie definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb tied tied, ty·ing , ties verb, transitive
- 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 beams, usually made of wood, that are laid across a railroad bed to secure 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: Middle English tien, from Old English tīgan; see deuk- in Indo-European roots.
tie - Phrases/Idioms
- 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 onâ
- to tie firmly or securely
- to wrap up and tie with string, cord, etc.
- to moor (a ship or boat) to a dock
- â to obstruct; hinder; stop
- to cause to be already in use, retained, committed, etc.
tie one on
tie the knot
- To get married.
- To perform a marriage ceremony.