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Verb: tie (tied,tying,ties)  tI
  1. Fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
    "They tied their victim to the chair";
    - bind
     
  2. Finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.
    "The teams drew a tie";
    - draw
     
  3. Limit or restrict to
    "I am tied to UNIX"; "These big jets are tied to large airports"
     
  4. Connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces
    "Tie the ropes together";
    - connect, link, link up
     
  5. Form a knot or bow in
    "tie a necktie"
     
  6. Create social or emotional ties
    - bind, attach, bond
     
  7. Perform a marriage ceremony
    - marry, wed, splice
     
  8. Make by tying pieces together
    "The fishermen tied their flies"
     
  9. Unite musical notes by a tie
Noun: tie (ties)  tI
  1. Neckwear consisting of a long narrow piece of material worn (mostly by men) under a collar and tied in knot at the front
    "he wore a vest and tie";
    - necktie
     
  2. A social or business relationship
    "he was sorry he had to sever his ties with other members of the team"; "a valuable financial tie-up";
    - affiliation, association, tie-up
     
  3. Equality of score in a contest
     
  4. A horizontal beam used to prevent two other structural members from spreading apart or separating
    "he nailed the rafters together with a tie beam";
    - tie beam
     
  5. A fastener that serves to join or connect
    "the walls are held together with metal ties placed in the wet mortar during construction";
    - link, linkup, tie-in
     
  6. The finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided
    "their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie";
    - draw, standoff
     
  7. (music) a slur over two notes of the same pitch; indicates that the note is to be sustained for their combined time value
     
  8. [N. Amer] One of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track
    "the British call a railway tie a sleeper";
    - railroad tie [N. Amer], crosstie [N. Amer], sleeper [Brit]
     
  9. A cord (or string, ribbon or wire etc.) with which something is tied
    "he needed a tie for the packages"

Sounds like: tided, ti

Derived forms: tying, ties, tied

See also: tie down

Type of: beam, bound, brace, bracing, confine, cord, equal, equalise [Brit], equality, equalize, equate, equation, equivalence, fashion, fasten, fastener, fastening, finish, fix, fixing, forge, form, holdfast, limit, match, neckwear, officiate, par, relate, relationship, restrain, restrict, secure, shape, slur, throttle, trammel

Antonym: untie

Part of: railroad [N. Amer], railroad track [N. Amer], railway [Brit, Cdn], railway track [Brit, Cdn]

Encyclopedia: Tie