Definitions for TIEtaɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tietaɪ(v.; n.)tied, ty•ing

  1. (v.t.)to bind or fasten with a cord, string, or the like:

    to tie a bundle.

  2. to fasten by tightening and knotting the string or strings of:

    to tie one's shoes.

  3. to draw or fasten together into a knot or bow:

    to tie one's shoelaces.

  4. to form by looping and interlacing, as a knot or bow.

  5. to bind or join closely or firmly:

    Great affection tied them.

  6. to confine or restrict:

    The weather tied us to the house.

  7. to oblige to do something.

  8. to make the same score as; equal in a contest.

  9. to connect (musical notes) by a tie.

    Category: Music and Dance

  10. to design and make (an artificial fly) for fishing.

    Category: Sport

  11. (v.i.)to make a tie, bond, or connection.

  12. to make the same score; be equal in a contest:

    to tie for first place.

  13. tie down, to curtail the activities of; confine:

    The desk job ties him down.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  14. tie in, to connect coherently; be consistent: to make or form a tie-in.

    His story ties in with the facts.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  15. tie off, to tie a cord or suture around (a blood vessel or the like) so as to stop the flow within.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  16. tie up, to fasten securely by tying. to wrap and secure, as with string; bind. to hinder or bring to a stop; impede. to render (money or property) unavailable for further disposition, investment, etc. to moor (a ship). to engage or occupy completely:

    The boss is tied up till noon.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  17. (n.)a cord, string, or the like, used for tying, fastening, or wrapping something.

  18. that with which anything is tied.

  19. a necktie.

    Category: Clothing

  20. a low shoe fastened with a lace.

    Category: Clothing

  21. an ornamental knot; bow.

    Category: Clothing

  22. a bond, as of affection, kinship, or mutual interest:

    family ties.

  23. a state of equality in points scored, votes obtained, etc., among competitors.

  24. any of various structural members, as beams or rods, for keeping two objects, as rafters or the haunches of an arch, from spreading or separating.

    Category: Building Trades

  25. a curved line connecting two musical notes on the same line or space to indicate that the sound is to be sustained for their joint value, not repeated.

    Category: Music and Dance

  26. one of the wooden beams laid across the bed of a railroad to support the rails and keep them in place; crosstie.

    Category: Railroads

  27. Category: Clothing

    Ref: bar1 (def. 19). 1 1 26

Idioms for tie:

  1. tie one on,Slang. to get drunk.

    Category: Idiom

  2. tie the knot,Informal. to marry.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of tie:

bef. 900; ME te(i)gh cord, rope, OE tēah, tēg, c. ON taug rope. Cf. tug , tow1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. necktie, tie(noun)

    neckwear consisting of a long narrow piece of material worn (mostly by men) under a collar and tied in knot at the front

    "he stood in front of the mirror tightening his necktie"; "he wore a vest and tie"

  2. affiliation, association, tie, tie-up(noun)

    a social or business relationship

    "a valuable financial affiliation"; "he was sorry he had to sever his ties with other members of the team"; "many close associations with England"

  3. tie(noun)

    equality of score in a contest

  4. tie, tie beam(noun)

    a horizontal beam used to prevent two other structural members from spreading apart or separating

    "he nailed the rafters together with a tie beam"

  5. link, linkup, tie, tie-in(noun)

    a fastener that serves to join or connect

    "the walls are held together with metal links placed in the wet mortar during construction"

  6. draw, standoff, tie(noun)

    the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided

    "the game ended in a draw"; "their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie"

  7. tie(noun)

    (music) a slur over two notes of the same pitch; indicates that the note is to be sustained for their combined time value

  8. tie, railroad tie, crosstie, sleeper(noun)

    one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track

    "the British call a railroad tie a sleeper"

  9. tie(verb)

    a cord (or string or ribbon or wire etc.) with which something is tied

    "he needed a tie for the packages"

  10. tie, bind(verb)

    fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord

    "They tied their victim to the chair"

  11. tie, draw(verb)

    finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.

    "The teams drew a tie"

  12. tie(verb)

    limit or restrict to

    "I am tied to UNIX"; "These big jets are tied to large airports"

  13. connect, link, tie, link up(verb)

    connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces

    "Can you connect the two loudspeakers?"; "Tie the ropes together"; "Link arms"

  14. tie(verb)

    form a knot or bow in

    "tie a necktie"

  15. bind, tie, attach, bond(verb)

    create social or emotional ties

    "The grandparents want to bond with the child"

  16. marry, wed, tie, splice(verb)

    perform a marriage ceremony

    "The minister married us on Saturday"; "We were wed the following week"; "The couple got spliced on Hawaii"

  17. tie(verb)

    make by tying pieces together

    "The fishermen tied their flies"

  18. tie(verb)

    unite musical notes by a tie

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. tie(verb)ɪ

    to fasten sth by joining two strings, ropes, etc.

    Tie your shoes.; They tied the ropes around the crate.; He tied the dog's leash to the railing.; Tie the two ends together.

  2. tieɪ

    to make a knot with string, rope, etc.

    Tie some knots in the string.; kids learning how to tie a bow

  3. tieɪ

    to link or connect two things

    evidence that ties the two men to the murder

  4. tieɪ

    to make the score of the game the same for each side

    That shot tied the score.; The score was tied, 2-2.; "Did you win?" "No, we tied."

  5. tieɪ

    to limit or restrict

    The contract ties me to the company for six years.

  6. tieɪ

    to get married

    When are they going to tie the knot?

  7. tie(noun)ɪ

    a long colored piece of cloth, tied under the collar of a man's shirt

    a shirt and tie

  8. tieɪ

    a connection or link

    his ties to the mafia

  9. tieɪ

    sth used to fasten things

    plastic ties for garbage bags

  10. tieɪ

    a score in a game in which both sides have the same number of points

    It ended in a tie.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tie(verb)

    a knot; a fastening

  2. Tie(verb)

    a bond; an obligation, moral or legal; as, the sacred ties of friendship or of duty; the ties of allegiance

  3. Tie(verb)

    a knot of hair, as at the back of a wig

  4. Tie(verb)

    an equality in numbers, as of votes, scores, etc., which prevents either party from being victorious; equality in any contest, as a race

  5. Tie(verb)

    a beam or rod for holding two parts together; in railways, one of the transverse timbers which support the track and keep it in place

  6. Tie(verb)

    a line, usually straight, drawn across the stems of notes, or a curved line written over or under the notes, signifying that they are to be slurred, or closely united in the performance, or that two notes of the same pitch are to be sounded as one; a bind; a ligature

  7. Tie(verb)

    low shoes fastened with lacings

  8. Tie(verb)

    to fasten with a band or cord and knot; to bind

  9. Tie(verb)

    to form, as a knot, by interlacing or complicating a cord; also, to interlace, or form a knot in; as, to tie a cord to a tree; to knit; to knot

  10. Tie(verb)

    to unite firmly; to fasten; to hold

  11. Tie(verb)

    to hold or constrain by authority or moral influence, as by knotted cords; to oblige; to constrain; to restrain; to confine

  12. Tie(verb)

    to unite, as notes, by a cross line, or by a curved line, or slur, drawn over or under them

  13. Tie(verb)

    to make an equal score with, in a contest; to be even with

  14. Tie(verb)

    to make a tie; to make an equal score


  1. Tie

    To draw or tie is to finish a competition with identical or inconclusive results. The word "tie" is usually used in North America for sports such as American football. "Draw" is usually used in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Commonwealth of Nations and it is usually used for sports such as association football and Australian rules football. In cricket, a draw and a tie are two different things. In some sports and games, ties/draws are possible, while in others they are impossible.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TIE' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3124

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TIE' in Nouns Frequency: #1337

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'TIE' in Verbs Frequency: #461

Anagrams of TIE

  1. EIT

  2. ETI

Translations for TIE

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a strip of material worn tied round the neck under the collar of a shirt

He wore a shirt and tie.

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