Meaning of TIE in English


I. ˈtī noun

Etymology: Middle English teg, tye, from Old English tēag; akin to Old Norse taug rope, Old English tēon to pull — more at tow

Date: before 12th century


a. : a line, ribbon, or cord used for fastening, uniting, or drawing something closed ; especially : shoelace


(1) : a structural element (as a rod or angle iron) holding two pieces together : a tension member in a construction

(2) : any of the transverse supports to which railroad rails are fastened to keep them in line

2. : something that serves as a connecting link: as

a. : a moral or legal obligation to someone or something typically constituting a restraining power, influence, or duty

b. : a bond of kinship or affection

3. : a curved line that joins two musical notes of the same pitch to denote a single tone sustained through the time value of the two


a. : an equality in number (as of votes or scores)

b. : equality in a contest ; also : a contest that ends in a draw

5. : a method or style of tying or knotting

6. : something that is knotted or is to be knotted when worn: as

a. : necktie

b. : a low laced shoe : oxford

• tie·less -ləs adjective

II. verb

( tied ; ty·ing ˈtī-iŋ ; or tie·ing )

Date: before 12th century

transitive verb


a. : to fasten, attach, or close by means of a tie

b. : to form a knot or bow in

tie your scarf

c. : to make by tying constituent elements

tied a wreath

tie a fishing fly


a. : to place or establish in relationship : connect

b. : to unite in marriage

c. : to unite (musical notes) by a tie

d. : to join (power systems) electrically

3. : to restrain from independence or freedom of action or choice : constrain by or as if by authority, influence, agreement, or obligation



(1) : to make or have an equal score with in a contest

(2) : to equalize (the score) in a game or contest

(3) : to equalize the score of (a game)

b. : to provide or offer something equal to : equal

intransitive verb

: to make a tie: as

a. : to make a bond or connection

b. : to make an equal score

c. : to become attached

d. : to close by means of a tie

- tie into

- tie one on

- tie the knot

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.