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noun [countable] tie pronunciation in American English /taɪ/
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  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.
    tie for: There was a tie for fourth place.
    finish/end/result in a tie: The game finished in a tie.
  3. 5
    something that limits your freedom
    He still feels a tie to the land where he grew up.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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