Meaning of “tie” in the English Dictionary

"tie" in British English

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tieverb

uk /taɪ/ 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, 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 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 east coast.

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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.

tienoun [ C ]

uk /taɪ/ us /taɪ/

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.

(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, thin material, 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, thin piece of material worn esp. by men which fits under a shirt collar, 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 garbage bags?

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.

(Definition of “tie” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"tie" in Business English

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tieverb

uk /taɪ/ us 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 environmental conditions.
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 pension schemes.

[ 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% job growth, 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 /taɪ/ us

[ 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.

(Definition of “tie” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)