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v. tied, ty·ing (tī′ĭng), ties
1. To fasten or secure with or as if with a cord, rope, or strap: tied the kite to a post; tie up a bundle.
2. To fasten by drawing together the parts or sides and knotting with strings or laces: tied her shoes.
a. To make by fastening ends or parts: tie a knot.
b. To put a knot or bow in: tie a neck scarf.
4. To confine or restrict as if with cord: duties that tied him to the office.
5. To bring together in relationship; connect or unite: friends who were tied by common interests; people who are tied by blood or marriage.
a. To equal (an opponent or an opponent's score) in a contest.
b. To equal an opponent's score in (a contest): tied the game with minutes remaining.
7. Music To join (notes) by a tie.
1. To be fastened or attached: The apron ties at the back.
2. To achieve equal scores in a contest.
1. A cord, string, or other means by which something is tied.
2. Something that connects or unites; a link: a blood tie; marital ties.
3. A necktie.
4. A beam or rod that joins parts and gives support.
5. One of the timbers or slabs of concrete laid across a railroad bed to support the rails.
a. An equality of scores, votes, or performance in a contest: The election ended in a tie.
b. A contest so resulting; a draw.
7. Music A curved line above or below two notes of the same pitch, indicating that the tone is to be sustained for their combined duration.
1. To bring into or have a harmonious or effective relation; connect or coordinate: His explanation of what happened ties in with ours. We tied the new room in with the existing decor.
2. To include as part of a promotional tie-in: tied the movie in with their car brand.
To attack energetically.
1. Nautical To secure or be secured to a shore or pier; dock.
2. To impede the progress of; block: The accident tied up traffic.
3. To keep occupied; engage: She was tied up in a meeting all morning. The phone was tied up for an hour.
4. To place (funds) so as to make inaccessible for other uses: tied up her cash in long-term investments.
tie one on Slang
To become intoxicated; go on a drinking spree.
tie the knot Slang
1. To get married.
2. To perform a marriage ceremony.
[Middle English teien, from Old English tīgan; see deuk- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
1. (tr) to attach or bind securely with or as if with string, rope, etc
2. (Nautical Terms) to moor (a vessel)
3. (tr; often passive) to engage the attentions of: he's tied up at the moment and can't see you.
4. (tr; often passive) to conclude (the organization of something): the plans for the trip were tied up well in advance.
5. to come or bring to a complete standstill
6. (Banking & Finance) (tr) to invest or commit (funds, etc) and so make unavailable for other uses
7. (Commerce) (tr) to subject (property) to conditions that prevent sale, alienation, or other action
8. a link or connection
9. chiefly US and Canadian a standstill
10. chiefly US and Canadian an informal term for traffic jam
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|Verb||1.||tie up - secure with or as if with ropes; "tie down the prisoners"; "tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed"|
chain up - tie up with chains; "chain up the prisoners"
hog-tie - tie together somebody's limbs; "The prisoner was hog-tied"
restrain, confine, hold - to close within bounds, limit or hold back from movement; "This holds the local until the express passengers change trains"; "About a dozen animals were held inside the stockade"; "The illegal immigrants were held at a detention center"; "The terrorists held the journalists for ransom"
|2.||tie up - invest so as to make unavailable for other purposes; "All my money is tied up in long-term investments"|
|3.||tie up - restrain from moving or operating normally; "Traffic is tied up for miles around the bridge where the accident occurred"|
|4.||tie up - secure in or as if in a berth or dock; "tie up the boat"|
wharf - moor at a wharf; "The ship was wharfed"
|5.||tie up - finish the last row|
knitting, knitwork, knit - needlework created by interlacing yarn in a series of connected loops using straight eyeless needles or by machine
2. To restrict the activity or free movement of:
긴밀한 관계를 맺다
now it all ties up → jetzt passt alles zusammen; it all ties up with his marital problems → das hängt alles mit seinen Eheproblemen zusammen
(Naut) → festmachen
(= link) to be tied up with something → mit etw zusammenhängen; are you still tied up with that firm? → haben Sie noch Verbindungen zu der Firma?
(= keep busy) → beschäftigen; machines → auslasten; he’s tied up all tomorrow → er ist morgen den ganzen Tag belegt or beschäftigt; he’s tied up with the manager at the moment → er hat momentan beim Betriebsleiter zu tun
(= obstruct, hinder) production etc → stilllegen