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Present participle of tie.



v. tied, ty•ing,
n. v.t.
1. to bind or fasten with a cord, string, or the like: to tie a bundle.
2. to fasten by tightening and knotting the string or strings of: to tie one's shoes.
3. to draw or fasten together into a knot or bow: to tie one's shoelaces.
4. to form by looping and interlacing, as a knot or bow.
5. to bind or join closely or firmly: Great affection tied them.
6. to confine or restrict: The weather tied us to the house.
7. to oblige to do something.
8. to make the same score as; equal in a contest.
9. to connect (musical notes) by a tie.
10. to design and make (an artificial fly) for fishing.
11. to make a tie, bond, or connection.
12. to make the same score; be equal in a contest: to tie for first place.
13. tie down, to curtail the activities of; confine: The desk job ties him down.
14. tie in,
a. to connect coherently; be consistent: His story ties in with the facts.
b. to make or form a tie-in.
15. tie off, to tie a cord or suture around (a blood vessel or the like) so as to stop the flow within.
16. tie up,
a. to fasten securely by tying.
b. to wrap and secure, as with string; bind.
c. to hinder or bring to a stop; impede.
d. to render (money or property) unavailable for further disposition, investment, etc.
e. to moor (a ship).
f. to engage or occupy completely: The boss is tied up till noon.
17. a cord, string, or the like, used for tying, fastening, or wrapping something.
18. that with which anything is tied.
19. a necktie.
20. a low shoe fastened with a lace.
21. an ornamental knot; bow.
22. a bond, as of affection, kinship, or mutual interest: family ties.
23. a state of equality in points scored, votes obtained, etc., among competitors.
24. any of various structural members, as beams or rods, for keeping two objects, as rafters or the haunches of an arch, from spreading or separating.
25. a curved line connecting two musical notes on the same line or space to indicate that the sound is to be sustained for their joint value, not repeated.
26. one of the wooden beams laid across the bed of a railroad to support the rails and keep them in place; crosstie.
1. tie one on, Slang. to get drunk.
2. tie the knot, Informal. to marry.
[before 900; Middle English te(i)gh cord, rope, Old English tēah, tēg, c. Old Norse taug rope. compare tug, tow1]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tying - the act of tying or binding things togethertying - the act of tying or binding things together
fastening, attachment - the act of fastening things together
ligation - (surgery) tying a duct or blood vessel with a ligature (as to prevent bleeding during surgery)


(tai) present participle ˈtying: past tense, past participle tied verb
1. (often with to, ~on etc) to fasten with a string, rope etc. He tied the horse to a tree; The parcel was tied with string; I don't like this job – I hate being tied to a desk.
2. to fasten by knotting; to make a knot in. He tied his shoelaces.
3. to be joined by a knot etc. The belt of this dress ties at the front.
4. to score the same number of points etc (in a game, competition etc). Three people tied for first place.
1. a strip of material worn tied round the neck under the collar of a shirt. He wore a shirt and tie.
2. something that joins. the ties of friendship.
3. an equal score or result (in a game, competition etc); a draw.
4. a game or match to be played.
be tied up
1. to be busy; to be involved (with). I can't discuss this matter just now – I'm tied up with other things.
2. (with with) to be connected with.
tie (someone) down
to limit someone's freedom etc. Her work tied her down.
tie in/up
to be linked or joined (logically). This doesn't tie in (with what he said before).
References in classic literature ?
At last the Captain made a postman of it; tying a lettered, leathern tally round its neck, with the ship's time and place; and then letting it escape.
tying these two anchors here, Flask, seems like tying a man's hands behind him.
Well, I won't, for your sake," said George, busily tying his dollar round Tom's neck; "but there, now, button your coat tight over it, and keep it, and remember, every time you see it, that I'll come down after you, and bring you back.
Miranda walked stiffly through the dining-room, tying a shawl over her head to keep the draughts away, intending to start the breakfast fire and then call Rebecca down, set her to work, and tell her, meanwhile, a few plain facts concerning the proper way of representing the family at a missionary meeting.
she demanded, tying an apron over her neat black frock, and standing with a spoonful of the leaf poised over the pot.
They went through these movements at intervals every day and the robin was never able to explain to his mate what they were doing or tying to do.
Magdalen, suppose you leave off tying your handkerchief into knots and use your fingers on the keys of the piano instead?
So saying, he accommodated the friar with his assistance in tying the endless number of points, as the laces which attached the hose to the doublet were then termed.
The hangman did as he was bid, and was tying the cord firmly, when he was stopped by the voice of the Jewish doctor beseeching him to pause, for he had something very important to say.
It was a judge of knots because it had a habit of tying up unfortunate blue-bottles.
Admitting that we ought to try the novel and absurd experiment in politics of tying up the hands of government from offensive war founded upon reasons of state, yet certainly we ought not to disable it from guarding the community against the ambition or enmity of other nations.