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noun [countable] tie pronunciation in British English /taɪ/
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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 collar and tie or jacket and tie to refer to formal clothes for men
    a silk tie
    For work, you should wear a collar and tie (=a shirt with a collar and a 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. 4
    a result of a game or competition in which each person or team has the same number of points, votes etc
    finish/end/result in a tie: The game finished in a tie.
    tie for: There was a tie for fourth place.
  4. 5
    British one game that is part of a competition
    a second-round tie
  5. 6
    something that limits your freedom
    With the animals needing regular attention, running a farm can be a tie.

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