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verb tie pronunciation in American English /taɪ/
Word Forms
present tense
present participletying
past tensetied
past participletied
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  1. 1
    [transitive] to make a knot with two ends of a piece of string, rope, etc.
    Sally bent down to tie her shoelaces.
    We’re teaching him how to tie a necktie.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to fasten something in a particular place using something such as rope
      Her hands were tied behind her back.
      I always tie my hair back when I’m cooking.
      Jan tied his bike onto the back of the car.
    2. b.
      [transitive] to use something such as string to fasten several things together
      She handed them two packages tied with string.
      Tie the flowers into small bunches.
    3. c.
      [intransitive] to be fastened using something such as string
      This skirt ties at the front.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to combine things, or to form a connection between them
    This series ties together events from the past and present.
    closely tied: Portugal’s economy is closely tied to Spain’s.
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] if two players or teams in a game tie, they both have the same number of points
    The game was tied 1–1 after nine innings.
    tie for first/second etc. place: They tied for first place, with a time of 25.64 seconds.
  4. 4
    [transitive] [usually passive] if something ties you to a particular place or situation, you cannot leave it
    Many young mothers feel tied to the home and children.
    An open ticket means you are not tied to returning on a particular day.



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