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verb tie pronunciation in British English /taɪ/ 
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present tense
I/you/we/theytie
he/she/itties
present participletying
past tensetied
past participletied
  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 tie.

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    1. a.
      [transitive] to fasten something in a particular place using something such as rope

      Jan tied his bike onto the back of the car.

      Her hands were tied behind her back.

      I always tie my hair back when I'm cooking.

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    2. b.
      [transitive] to use something such as string to fasten several things together

      She handed them two parcels tied with string.

      Tie the flowers into small bunches.

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    3. c.
      [intransitive] to be fastened using something such as string

      This skirt ties at the front.

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  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.

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  3. 3
    [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.

  4. 4
    [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 extra time.

    tie for first/second etc place:

    They tied for first place, with a time of 25.64 seconds.

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