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  Dictionary Definition of tie

tie
verb, tied, tying, noun

-- verb (t)
1. to bind or fasten with a cord, string, or the like, drawn together and knotted.
2. to draw together the parts of with a knotted string or the like: to tie a bundle.
3. to fasten by tightening and knotting the string or strings of: to tie one's shoes.
4. to draw together into a knot, as a cord.
5. to form by looping and interlacing, as a knot or bow.
6. to fasten, join, or connect in any way.
7. to bind or join closely or firmly.
8. Colloquial to unite in marriage.
9. to confine, restrict, or limit.
10. to bind or oblige, as to do something.
11. Music to connect (notes) by a tie.
-- verb (i)
12. to make a tie, bond, or connection.
13. to make the same score; be equal in a contest.
14. (of a ship) to moor.
-- noun
15. that with which anything is tied.
16. a cord, string, or the like, used for tying or fastening something.
17. a narrow, decorative band, as of cotton or silk, worn round the neck, commonly under a collar, and tied in front.
18. a low shoe fastened with a lace.
19. a knot; an ornamental knot.
20. anything that fastens, secures, or unites.
21. a link, bond, or connection of kinship, affection, mutual interest, etc.
22. something that restricts one's freedom of action.
23. a state of equality in points, votes, etc., as among competitors: the game ended in a tie.
24. a match or contest in which this occurs.
25. anything, as a beam, rod, etc., connecting or holding together two or more things or parts.
26. Civil Engineering a member of a framework which is required to take only a tensile load.
27. Music a curved line connecting two notes on the same line or space to indicate that the sound is to be sustained for their joint value, not repeated.
28. US. sleeper (def. 2).
-- phrase
29. tie down, a. to fasten down by tying. b. to hinder; confine; restrict; curtail.
30. tie in, (of a fact, belief, etc.) to relate to; fit in; form a coherent whole with: that ties in with his deprived childhood.
31. tie the knot, Colloquial to get married.
32. tie up, a. to fasten