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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.Fastening and tying be tied to sth/sb If you are tied to a job, place, or person, you are forced to stay with them: I felt tied to the job while I had a mortgage to pay.Lack of freedom to act

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?Linking and relatingRegarding and concerning

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.Scoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeatedLosing and being defeatedScoring, winning and losing in sport

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.Things worn to cover the head, face or neck 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?Fastening and tying

tie noun [C] (CONNECTION)

ties C2 [plural] 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.Relationships in general

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.Scoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeatedLosing and being defeatedScoring, winning and losing in sport
(Definition of tie from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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