tie

A tie is a thin piece of cloth that's knotted around the neck, an accessory worn by men on formal occasions. You may wear a tie to graduation, a wedding, or if you're just trying to impress someone.

If the score of a game is equal, then the game is a tie. Some games, like chess, can actually end in a tie, but other games, like basketball, continue until there's a winner. You can also use the word tie as a verb: "Looks like the game will tie at two apiece." As a verb, tie also means to fasten two or more things together, like when you tie your shoelaces or your tie.

Primary Meanings of tie

1.
vn
fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord
a cord (or string or ribbon or wire etc.) with which something is tied
2.
vn
finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.
equality of score in a contest
3.
vn
create social or emotional ties
a social or business relationship
4.
vn
unite musical notes by a tie
(music) a curved line over two notes of the same pitch; indicates that the note is to be sustained for their combined time value
5.
v
limit or restrict to
Full Definitions of tie
1

v fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord

“They tied their victim to the chair”
Synonyms:
bind
Antonyms:
unbrace, unlace, untie
undo the ties of
Types:
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gag, muzzle
tie a gag around someone's mouth in order to silence them
retie
tie again or anew
bind off, tie up
finish the last row
loop
fasten or join with a loop
cord
bind or tie with a cord
lash together
bind together with a cord or rope
truss
tie the wings and legs of a bird before cooking it
leash, rope
fasten with a rope
strap
tie with a strap
knot
tie or fasten into a knot
lash
bind with a rope, chain, or cord
band
bind or tie together, as with a band
lace, lace up
draw through eyes or holes
hobble, hopple
strap the foreleg and hind leg together on each side (of a horse) in order to keep the legs on the same side moving in unison
frap
make secure by lashing
relace
lace again
Type of:
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached

v connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces

Tie the ropes together”
Synonyms:
connect, link, link up
Antonyms:
disconnect
make disconnected, disjoin or unfasten
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conjoin, join
make contact or come together
ground
connect to a ground
bring together, join
cause to become joined or linked
attach
cause to be attached
daisy-chain
connect devices on a part of a chip or circuit board in a computer
interconnect, interlink
cause to be interconnected or interwoven
tee
connect with a tee
put through
connect by telephone
hitch
connect to a vehicle: "hitch the trailer to the car"
hang together, interdepend
be connected
bridge, bridge over
connect or reduce the distance between
ancylose, ankylose
produce ankylosis by surgery
fix, fixate
make fixed, stable or stationary
connect
join for the purpose of communication
connect
join by means of communication equipment
feather
join tongue and groove, in carpentry
tether
tie with a tether
fasten
attach to
attach
become attached
cross-link
join by creating covalent bonds (of adjacent chains of a polymer or protein)
miter
fit together in a miter joint
ply
join together as by twisting, weaving, or molding
close, close up
unite or bring into contact or bring together the edges of
anastomose, inosculate
cause to join or open into each other by anastomosis
anastomose, inosculate
come together or open into each other
earth
connect to the earth
couple, match, mate, pair, twin
bring two objects, ideas, or people together
match
give or join in marriage
mortice, mortise
join by a tenon and mortise
cog
join pieces of wood with cogs
fair
join so that the external surfaces blend smoothly
scarf
unite by a scarf joint
rebate
join with a rebate
rabbet
join with a rabbet joint
seam
put together with a seam
bridge
make a bridge across
hinge
attach with a hinge
bell
attach a bell to
band, ring
attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify
couple, couple on, couple up
link together
affix
attach or become attached to a stem word
bind
make fast; tie or secure, with or as if with a rope
catch, hitch
to hook or entangle
append, hang on, tack, tack on, tag on
fix to; attach
add on, affix, append, supplement
add to the very end
tape
fasten or attach with tape
glue, paste
join or attach with or as if with glue
pin down, pin up
attach with or as if with a pin
peg, peg down
fasten or secure with a wooden pin
fasten, fix, secure
cause to be firmly attached
mount
attach to a support
affix, stick on
attach to
nail
attach something somewhere by means of nails
hook up
connect or link
clip
attach with a clip
enter, infix, insert, introduce
put or introduce into something
yoke
put a yoke on or join with a yoke
harness, tackle
put a harness
link, yoke
link with or as with a yoke
yoke
become joined or linked together
saddle
put a saddle on
engraft, graft, ingraft
cause to grow together parts from different plants
splice
join together so as to form new genetic combinations
splice
join the ends of
label, mark, tag
attach a tag or label to
patch, piece
to join or unite the pieces of
solder
join or fuse with solder
weld
join together by heating
limber, limber up
attach the limber
close
bring together all the elements or parts of
ligate
join letters in a ligature when writing
assemble, piece, put together, set up, tack, tack together
create by putting components or members together
quilt
stitch or sew together
entwine, knit
tie or link together
sovietise, sovietize
bring under Soviet control, of a country

v form a knot or bow in

tie a necktie”
Type of:
form, shape
give shape or form to

v make by tying pieces together

“The fishermen tied their flies”
Type of:
fashion, forge
make out of components (often in an improvising manner)

n a cord (or string or ribbon or wire etc.) with which something is tied

“he needed a tie for the packages”
Types:
drawing string, drawstring, string
a tie consisting of a cord that goes through a seam around an opening
purse string
a drawstring used to close the mouth of a purse
Type of:
cord
a line made of twisted fibers or threads

n neckwear consisting of a long narrow piece of material worn (mostly by men) under a collar and tied in knot at the front

“he wore a vest and tie
Synonyms:
necktie
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bola, bola tie, bolo, bolo tie
a cord fastened around the neck with an ornamental clasp and worn as a necktie
bow tie, bow-tie, bowtie
a man's tie that ties in a bow
four-in-hand
a long necktie that is tied in a slipknot with one end hanging in front of the other
old school tie
necktie indicating the school the wearer attended
string tie
a very narrow necktie usually tied in a bow
Windsor tie
a wide necktie worn in a loose bow
black tie
a black bow tie worn with a dinner jacket
white tie
bow tie worn as part of a man's formal evening dress
Type of:
neckwear
articles of clothing worn about the neck

n a fastener that serves to join or connect

Synonyms:
link, linkup, tie-in
Types:
bridge, nosepiece
the link between two lenses; rests on the nose
Type of:
fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast
restraint that attaches to something or holds something in place

n a horizontal beam used to prevent two other structural members from spreading apart or separating

“he nailed the rafters together with a tie beam”
Synonyms:
tie beam
Type of:
beam
long thick piece of wood or metal or concrete, etc., used in construction

n one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track

Synonyms:
crosstie, railroad tie, sleeper
Type of:
brace, bracing
a structural member used to stiffen a framework
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v finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.

Synonyms:
draw
Type of:
equal, equalise, equalize, equate, match
make equal, uniform, corresponding, or matching

n equality of score in a contest

Types:
deuce
a tie in tennis or table tennis that requires winning two successive points to win the game
Type of:
equality, equation, equivalence, par
a state of being essentially equal or equivalent; equally balanced

n the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided

“their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie
Synonyms:
draw, standoff
Types:
dead heat
a tie in a race
stalemate
drawing position in chess: any of a player's possible moves would place his king in check
Type of:
finish
designated event that concludes a contest (especially a race)
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v create social or emotional ties

Synonyms:
attach, bind, bond
Types:
fixate
attach (oneself) to a person or thing in a neurotic way
befriend
become friends with
chum up, pal, pal up
become friends; act friendly towards
Type of:
relate
have or establish a relationship to

v perform a marriage ceremony

Synonyms:
marry, splice, wed
conjoin, espouse, get hitched with, get married, hook up with, marry, wed
take in marriage
Types:
solemnise, solemnize
perform (the wedding ceremony) with proper ceremonies
Type of:
officiate
act in an official capacity in a ceremony or religious ritual, such as a wedding

n a social or business relationship

“he was sorry he had to sever his ties with other members of the team”
Synonyms:
affiliation, association, tie-up
Type of:
relationship
a state involving mutual dealings between people or parties or countries
4

v unite musical notes by a tie

Type of:
connect, link, link up
connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces

n (music) a curved line over two notes of the same pitch; indicates that the note is to be sustained for their combined time value

Type of:
slur
(music) a curved line spanning notes that are to be played legato
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v limit or restrict to

“I am tied to UNIX”
“These big jets are tied to large airports”
Type of:
bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel
place limits on (extent or access)

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