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English definition of “tie”

tie

verb (FASTEN)    /taɪ/ (present participle tying, past tense and past participle tied)
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
(Definition of tie verb (FASTEN) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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