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.