Meaning of TIE in English


(~s, tying, ~d)

Frequency: The word is one of the 1500 most common words in English.


If you ~ two things together or ~ them, you fasten them together with a knot.

He ~d the ends of the plastic bag together...

Mr Saunders ~d her hands and feet.

VERB: V n adv/prep, V n


If you ~ something or someone in a particular place or position, you put them there and fasten them using rope or string.

He had ~d the dog to one of the trees near the canal...

He ~d her hands behind her back.

VERB: V n to n, V n prep/adv


If you ~ a piece of string or cloth around something or ~ something with a piece of string or cloth, you put the piece of string or cloth around it and fasten the ends together.

She ~d her scarf over her head...

Roll the meat and ~ it with string...

Dad handed me a big box wrapped in gold foil and ~d with a red ribbon.

VERB: V n prep/adv, V n with n, V-ed


If you ~ a knot or bow in something or ~ something in a knot or bow, you fasten the ends together.

He took a short length of rope and swiftly ~d a slip knot...

She ~d a knot in her scarf...

She wore a checked shirt ~d in a knot above the navel.

VERB: V n, V n in n, V-ed


When you ~ something or when something ~s, you close or fasten it using a bow or knot.

He pulled on his heavy suede shoes and ~d the laces.

...a long white thing around his neck that ~d in front in a floppy bow.

VERB: V n, V


A ~ is a long narrow piece of cloth that is worn round the neck under a shirt collar and ~d in a knot at the front. Ties are worn mainly by men.

Jason had taken off his jacket and loosened his ~.



If one thing is ~d to another or two things are ~d, the two things have a close connection or link.

Their cancers are not so clearly ~d to radiation exposure...

My social life and business life are closely ~d.

= link, connect

VERB: usu passive, be V-ed to n, pl-n be V-ed


If you are ~d to a particular place or situation, you are forced to accept it and cannot change it.

They had children and were consequently ~d to the school holidays...

VERB: usu passive, be V-ed to n/-ing


Ties are the connections you have with people or a place.

Quebec has always had particularly close ~s to France...

= connection

N-COUNT: usu pl, oft N prep


Railroad ~s are large heavy beams that support the rails of a railway track. (AM; in BRIT, use sleepers )



If two people ~ in a competition or game or if they ~ with each other, they have the same number of points or the same degree of success.

Both teams had ~d on points and goal difference...

Ronan Rafferty had ~d with Frank Nobilo.

= draw

V-RECIP: pl-n V, V with n

Tie is also a noun.

The first game ended in a ~.



In sport, a ~ is a match that is part of a competition. The losers leave the competition and the winners go on to the next round. (mainly BRIT)

They’ll meet the winners of the first round ~.



your hands are ~d: see hand

to ~ the knot: see knot

to ~ yourself in knots: see knot

see also ~d , black ~ , bow ~ , old school ~

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