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noun [countable] British English pronunciation: tie /taɪ/ 
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singulartie
pluralties
  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 6
    something that limits your freedom

    With the animals needing regular attention, running a farm can be a tie.

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