WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
tie /taɪ/USA pronunciation
v., tied, ty•ing,n.
[~ + object] to bind or fasten with a cord, etc.:to tie a bundle.
to fasten by tightening and knotting (the strings of): [~ + object]He stopped to tie his shoes.[no object]Her dress tied in the back.
[~ + object] to form by looping and lacing parts of together, as a knot:tied a bow and attached it to the package.
[~ + object] to bind or join firmly:Great affection tied them.
[~ + object] to confine or restrict:The weather tied us to the house.
to make the same score (as another); be equal (to) in a contest: [no object]The two teams tied and had to play an extra period.[~ + object]Suddenly the other team tied the score.
tie down, to restrict the freedom or actions of (someone); confine: [~ + object + down]The desk job ties him down.[~ + down + object]to tie down his workers.
tie in, [no object; ~ + in ( + with + object)]to be consistent or agree with:His story ties in with the facts as we know them.
- to fasten tightly or securely by tying: [~ + up + object]The hijackers tied up all the hostages.[~ + object + up]They tied them up.
- to wrap and secure, as with string; bind: [~ + up + object]to tie up a package.[~ + object + up]to tie a package up.
- [~ + object] to hinder or bring to a stop; impede:The accident tied up traffic.
- [~ + object] to prevent others from using by using (exclusively) oneself:tied up the phone all morning.
- to make (money) unavailable for further investment, use in business, etc.: [~ + up + object]They tied up their money in real estate.[~ + object + up]They tied their money up in real estate.
- [~ + up + object] to connect; show that there is a relationship between:The detective managed to tie up the loose ends of the case.
a cord, string, or the like, used for tying, fastening, or wrapping something.
that with which anything is tied.
Clothinga necktie:Your tie is crooked.
Clothingan ornamental knot; bow.
a bond, as of affection:family ties.
a state in which the same number of points has been scored, etc., among competitors;
- [~ + object;
usually: be + tied + up] to be completely occupied with something:The boss is tied up till noon.
also, a competition that ends in such a state:The game ended in a tie.
Buildinga piece used to support buildings or to keep railroad tracks in line.
- Idiomstie one on, [no object][Slang.]to get drunk.
- Idiomstie the knot, [Informal.]to marry.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
tie up vb (adverb)
- (transitive) to attach or bind securely with or as if with string, rope, etc
- to moor (a vessel)
- (tr; often passive) to engage the attentions of
- (tr; often passive) to conclude (the organization of something)
- to come or bring to a complete standstill
- (transitive) to invest or commit (funds, etc) and so make unavailable for other uses
- (transitive) to subject (property) to conditions that prevent sale, alienation, or other action
- a link or connection
- chiefly US Canadian a standstill
- chiefly US Canadian
an informal term for traffic jam
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