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noun [countable]     tie pronunciation in American English
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  1. 1
    a long narrow piece of cloth that a man wears around his neck under the collar of a shirt. It is tied with a knot. You use expressions such as jacket and tie or suit and tie to refer to formal clothes for men

    a silk tie

    For work, you should wear a suit and tie.

  2. 2
    a relationship or connection between people or things

    The treaty should strengthen ties between the two countries.

    family ties:

    Family ties have become weakened.

    ties of blood/marriage/friendship:

    the ties of marriage that united the kings

  3. 3
    a short piece of string or wire used for fastening something
  4. 4
    a result of a game or competition in which each person or team has the same number of points, votes, etc.
    tie for:

    There was a tie for fourth place.

    finish/end/result in a tie:

    The game finished in a tie.

  5. 5
    something that limits your freedom

    He still feels a tie to the land where he grew up.

  6. 6
    British one game that is part of a competition
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