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"tie" in British English

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tieverb

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

tie verb (FASTEN)

B1 [I or T] to ​fasten together two ​ends of a ​piece of ​string or other ​long, ​thinmaterial, or to (​cause to) ​hold together with a ​long, ​thinpiece of ​string, ​material, etc.: Could you tie this ​piece of ​string for me? This ​skirt ties at the ​waist. She tied the ​ribbontightly in a ​bow/​knot. I tie my ​hair back when it's ​hot. Tie (up)yourshoelaces, or you'll ​trip over them.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 ​eastcoast.
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tie verb (RELATE)

[T] to ​relate to or ​connect to: Is the ​allergy tied todairyproducts, for ​example? Can you tie his ​behaviour up with anything that's ​happenedrecently? The Republicans are ​trying to tie the ​funding up with this ​bill.

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 ​spellingtest. We tied with a ​team from the ​south in the ​championships.

tienoun [C]

uk   us   /taɪ/

tie noun [C] (FASTENING)

A2 (US also necktie) a ​long, ​thinpiece of ​material that is ​worn under a ​shirtcollar, ​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 ​rubbishbags in the ​cupboard?
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tie noun [C] (CONNECTION)

ties C2 [plural]
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the ​friendlyfeelings that ​people have for other ​people, or ​specialconnections with ​places: Family ties are ​weaker if you ​move a ​long way away. I no ​longerfeel any ties with my ​hometown. He ​urgedgovernmentsworldwide to ​break diplomatic ties with the new ​regime.

tie noun [C] (EQUAL FINISH)

C2 a ​situation in which two or more ​peoplefinish at the same ​time or ​score the same ​number of ​points: It's a tie for first ​place. They have ​changed the ​scoringsystem because there have been too many ties.
(Definition of tie from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"tie" in American English

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tieverb

 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, ​thinmaterial, 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.

tienoun [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, ​thinpiece of ​materialworn esp. by men which ​fits under a ​shirtcollar, 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 ​garbagebags?

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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"tie" in Business English

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tieverb

uk   us   /taɪ/ (tying, tied, tied)
[T] to ​connect two things in a way that ​limits other possibilities: tie sth to sth We now have the ​option of tying ​funding to ​environmentalconditions. Pay and ​promotions in the ​organization are tied to ​performance.tie sb to sth Many of the bank's ​employees were tied to their ​jobs because they were worried about ​losing their ​pensionschemes.
[I or T] to have the same score or ​level in a ​game, ​competition, or comparison, or to make the scores the same: tie for first/second/last, etc. place Frederick and Fairfax counties each ​reported 4.2% ​jobgrowth, tying for 18th ​place in the US as a whole.tie the score/record The temperature in the afternoon ​hit 97 degrees, tying the ​record for June 2.

tienoun

uk   us   /taɪ/
[C, usually plural] a ​personal or ​financialconnection or ​relationship between ​people, ​organizations, countries, etc.: ties with sb/sth He makes no ​apologies for his ties with the ​failedbank. The two ​leadingbidders have close ties with American ​mediagroups.break/cut/sever ties One of the world's biggest ​hoteloperatorssevered its ties with the popular ​travelwebsite. diplomatic/economic/political ties The ​president urged ​governmentsworldwide to ​break diplomatic ties with the oppressive ​regime.
[C] ( US also necktie) WORKPLACE a ​longthinpiece 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.
(Definition of tie from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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