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tie

verb  us   /tɑɪ/ (present participle tying, past tense and past participle tied)

tie verb (FASTEN)

[I/T] to fasten together two pieces of string or other long, thin material, or to hold together with string, rope, etc.: [I] This dress ties at the back. [T] She tied the ribbon in a bow/knot.

tie verb (FINISH EQUAL)

[I] to finish at the same time or score the same number of points as someone or something else in a competition: Jane and I tied for first place. The score is tied (up) at 3 to 3.

tie

noun [C]  us   /tɑɪ/

tie noun [C] (connection)

a connection or relationship between people, or a connection a person has with a place, interest, activity, etc.: a tie to the past Gray had close ties with other powerful politicians. He is a businessman and developer with strong ties to Beijing.

tie noun [C] (PIECE OF MATERIAL)

(also necktie) a long, thin piece of material worn esp. by men which fits under a shirt collar, is tied in a knot, and hangs down the front of the shirt: a silk tie (also necktie) A tie is also any piece of string, plastic, etc., used to hold together something: Can you find the ties for the garbage bags?

tie noun [C] (EQUAL FINISH)

the fact of finishing at the same time or scoring the same number of points as someone or something else in a competition: It’s a tie for first place.
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