1 bind, fasten, make fast, tie up, lash, secure, truss, attach, tether, rope, chain, moor; connect, join, knot, link, couple, splice, unite:
He keeps a vicious dog tied to a stake in his garden. Tie the ends of the rope together.
2 bind, truss (up), tie up, lash, pinion, restrict, confine, restrain; limit, tie down, curtail, curb, cramp, hamper, hinder:
His hands are tied behind his back. According to the terms of the agreement, my hands are tied and I can do nothing.
3 connect, associate, unite, join, link, bind (up), affiliate, ally, league, team (up):
Our business interests are tied to those of the major banks.
4 equal, even, be equal or even (with), match, be neck and neck (with):
We tied them for first place. Yesterday, we were tied for second.
5 tie down.
(a) clinch, secure, confirm, Colloq nail down:
I tied down the PBT contract this morning.
(b) restrict, restrain, constrain, confine, curtail:
He won't marry because he doesn't want to feel tied down.
6 tie in.
(a) be consistent, make sense, correspond, coincide, fit (in), be logical, coordinate:
His alibi ties in with the witness's testimony.
(b) relate, connect, link, associate, coordinate:
They cleverly tie in concern for the environment with their product.
7 tie up.
(a) occupy, engage, (keep) busy:
This affair will tie me up till Tuesday.
(b) use, take up, encroach on, impose on:
I won't tie up your time any longer.
(c) stop, halt, bring to a standstill:
The traffic was tied up for hours.
(d) commit, oblige, obligate, bind:
We have tied up all their output for a year.
(e) See 1, above.
(f) See 2, above.
8 link, fastening, bond, band, connection, tie-up, relationship, affiliation, liaison, involvement, entanglement:
Isn't there some tie between those two companies?
9 string, cord, lace, rope, thong, ribbon, band, ligature, shoelace, line, leash, stop:
The tie of her dressing-gown came loose.
10 equality, dead heat, deadlock, draw, stalemate:
When there is a tie, the game ought to go into 'sudden death' overtime.
11 cravat, US necktie:
Please put on a tie for dinner.
12 railway tie, sleeper:
Ties in Europe are now made of concrete.
1 worn round the neck with a shirt
His tie was undone.
| loose | askew
His tie was askew and his hair dishevelled.
| loud | bootlace, bow, kipper | black, white
(= a black/white bow tie as part of formal dress)a black-tie dinner
| club, college, regimental, school
VERB + TIE
knot, tie | loosen | adjust, straighten
TIE + NOUN
collar/jacket/shirt/suit and tie
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2 (usually ties) sth that connects you with sb/sth
close, strong | weak | blood, family | emotional | personal | business, commercial, economic | cultural, diplomatic, political, social, traditional
VERB + TIE
We have close economic ties with our neighbours.
| establish | cement, strengthen | cut, sever
He cut all ties with the Church.
| loosen, weaken
There is a strong tie between her and her daughters.
| ~ of
ties of kinship
| ~ to/with
to establish diplomatic ties with China
3 in a game/competition
VERB + TIE
end in, result in
The match ended in a tie.
TIE + NOUN
a tie between Egypt and France
| ~ for
There was a tie for first place.
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