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tie

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

tie verb (FASTEN)

B1 [I or T] to fasten together two ends of a piece of string or other long, thin material, or to (cause to) hold together with a long, thin piece of string, material, etc.: Could you tie this piece of string for me? This skirt ties at the waist. She tied the ribbon tightly in a bow/knot. I tie my hair back when it's hot. Tie (up) your shoelaces, or you'll trip over.tie sb to sth/sb [often passive] to force someone to stay in a place: I felt tied to the job while I had a mortgage to pay. Her job ties her to the east coast.
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tie verb (RELATE)

[T] to relate to or connect to: Is the allergy tied to dairy products, for example? Can you tie his behaviour up with anything that's happened recently?

tie verb (FINISH EQUAL)

[I] to finish at the same time or score the same number of points, etc. in a competition as someone or something else: Jane and I tied (for first place) in the spelling test. We tied with a team from the south in the championships.

tie

noun [C] uk   /taɪ/ us  

tie noun [C] (FASTENING)

A2 ( US also necktie) a long, thin piece of material that is worn under a shirt collar, especially by men, and tied in a knot at the front: He always wears a jacket and tie to work. any piece of string, plastic, metal, etc. that is used to fasten or hold together something: Can you see the ties for the rubbish bags in the cupboard?
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tie noun [C] (CONNECTION)

ties C2 [plural]
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the friendly feelings that people have for other people, or special connections with places: Family ties are weaker if you move a long way away. I no longer feel any ties with my home town. He urged governments worldwide to break diplomatic ties with the new regime.

tie noun [C] (EQUAL FINISH)

C2 a situation in which two or more people finish at the same time or score the same number of points: It's a tie for first place. They have changed the scoring system because there have been too many ties.
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