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1 neckwear consisting of a long narrow piece of material worn (mostly by men) under a collar and tied in knot at the front; "he stood in front of the mirror tightening his necktie"; "he wore a vest and tie" [syn: necktie]
2 a social or business relationship; "a valuable financial affiliation"; "he was sorry he had to sever his ties with other members of the team"; "many close associations with England" [syn: affiliation, association, tie-up]
3 the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided; "the game ended in a draw"; "their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie" [syn: draw, standoff]
4 a horizontal beam used to prevent two other structural members from spreading apart or separating; "he nailed the rafters together with a tie beam" [syn: tie beam]
5 a fastener that serves to join or link; "the walls are held together with metal links placed in the wet mortar during construction" [syn: link, linkup, tie-in]
6 equality of score in a contest
7 (music) a slur over two notes of the same pitch; indicates that the note is to be sustained for their combined time value
8 one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track; "the British call a railroad tie a sleeper" [syn: railroad tie, crosstie, sleeper]
9 a cord (or string or ribbon or wire etc.) with which something is tied; "he needed a tie for the packages"


1 fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord; "They tied their victim to the chair" [syn: bind] [ant: untie]
2 finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.; "The teams drew a tie" [syn: draw]
3 limit or restrict to; "I am tied to UNIX"; "These big jets are tied to large airports"
4 connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces; "Can you connect the two loudspeakers?"; "Tie the ropes together"; "Link arms" [syn: connect, link, link up] [ant: disconnect]
5 form a knot or bow in; "tie a necktie"
6 create social or emotional ties; "The grandparents want to bond with the child" [syn: bind, attach, bond]
7 perform a marriage ceremony; "The minister married us on Saturday"; "We were wed the following week"; "The couple got spliced on Hawaii" [syn: marry, wed, splice]
8 make by tying pieces together; "The fishermen tied their flies"
9 unite musical notes by a tie [also: tying]

User Contributed Dictionary



Etymology 1



  1. An item of clothing consisting of a strip of cloth tied around the neck, often under the collar of a shirt. See also bow tie, black tie.
  2. The situation in which one or more participants in a competition are placed equally.
  3. The situation at the end of all innings of a match where both sides have the same total of runs (different to a draw).
  4. sport UK A meeting between two players or teams in a competition.
    The FA Cup third round tie between Liverpool and Cardiff was their first meeting in the competition since 1957.
  5. One or more equal values or sets of equal values in the data set.
  6. A bearing and distance between a lot corner or point and a benchmark or iron off site.
  7. A piece of wire embedded in paper, strip of plastic with ratchets, or similar object which is wound around something and tightened.
  8. In the context of "rail transport|US": A horizontal wooden or concrete structural member that supports and ties together railway lines.
Usage notes
  • Arabic: ,
  • Catalan: corbata
  • Chinese: 領帶, 领带 (lǐngdài)
  • Croatian: kravata
  • Czech: vázanka, kravata
  • Danish: slips
  • Dutch: das, stropdas
  • Esperanto: kravato
  • Finnish: solmio, kravatti
  • French: cravate
  • German: Krawatte
  • Hungarian: nyakkendő
  • Indonesian: dasi
  • Italian: cravatta
  • Japanese: ネクタイ
  • Korean: 넥타이 (nektai)
  • Kurdish:
  • Polish: krawat
  • Portuguese: gravata
  • Romanian: cravata
  • Russian: галстук
  • Scottish Gaelic: taidh
  • Serbian: кравата (kravata)
  • Spanish: corbata
  • Swedish: slips
tie score
railroad tie

Etymology 2

tigan (tiegan)


  1. To twist (a string, rope, or the like) around itself securely.
    Tie this rope in a knot for me, please.
    Tie the rope to this tree.
  2. To form (a knot or the like) by tying a string or the like.
    Tie a knot in this rope for me, please.
  3. To attach or fasten (one thing to another) by tying a string or the like.
    Tie him to the tree.
  4. To secure (something) by tying a string or the like.
    'Tie your shoes.
  5. To have the same score or position as another in a competition or ordering.
    They tied for third place.
  6. To have the same score or position as (another) in a competition or ordering.
    He tied me for third place.
to attach or fasten with string
to secure something by tying a string or the like
  • Czech: zavázat



  1. To be silent.



Esperanto ti- (demonstrative correlative prefix) + -e (correlative suffix of location)


rfc-header Correlative
  1. there (demonstrative correlative of location)
    As with other demonstrative correlatives in Esperanto, tie can be combined with ĉi, the adverbial particle of proximity, or with for, the adverbial particle of distance. Tie ĉi thus means here and tie for means there [in the distance].

Related terms

kie, ie, nenie



Derived terms


Pinyin syllable

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, tiē, tié, tiě, or tiè.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Extensive Definition

Tie may refer to:
TIE may also refer to:
TiE may refer to TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs)
tie in German: TIE
tie in Esperanto: TIE
tie in French: TIE
tie in Korean: 타이 (동음이의)
tie in Italian: TIE
tie in Japanese: タイ
tie in Norwegian: Sville

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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