› [C, usually plural] a personal or financial connection or relationship between people, organizations, countries, etc.: ties with sb/sth He makes no apologies for his ties with the failed bank. The two leading bidders have close ties with American media groups.break/cut/sever ties One of the world's biggest hotel operators severed its ties with the popular travel website. diplomatic/economic/political ties The president urged governments worldwide to break diplomatic ties with the oppressive regime. › [C] (US also necktie) WORKPLACE a long thin piece of material that is worn under a shirt collar, especially by men, and tied in a knot at the front: Men are expected to wear a suit and tie in the office.