tie Definition

  • 1a piece of string, ribbon, or other material used to fasten things together or to hold or hang something
  • 2a result that is the same as the result of a game or competition
  • 3a connection or relationship between people or things

Using tie: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "tie" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He wore a tie with his suit.

  • Example

    She used a tie to secure the package.

  • Example

    The game ended in a tie.

  • Example

    There is a strong tie between the two countries.

tie Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for tie

Idioms Using tie

  • hang by a thread

    be in a precarious or uncertain situation


    The company's future is hanging by a thread after the CEO resigned.

  • in someone's pocket

    under someone's control or influence


    The politician was accused of being in the pocket of big corporations.

  • keep someone busy or occupied so they cannot do anything else


    I'm sorry, I can't talk right now, I'm tied up with work.

Phrases with tie

  • get married


    They tied the knot last summer.

  • a long piece of cloth worn around the neck, especially by men, with a knot in front


    He always wears a suit and a necktie to work.

  • a type of necktie consisting of a ribbon tied in a bow around the collar


    He looked very elegant in his tuxedo and bow tie.

Origins of tie

from Old English 'tigan', meaning 'to tie'


Summary: tie in Brief

The term 'tie' [tʌɪ] refers to a piece of material used to fasten or hold things together, or to denote a result that is the same as another. It also denotes a connection or relationship between people or things, as in 'There is a strong tie between the two countries.' 'Tie' extends into phrases like 'tie the knot,' meaning to get married, and idioms like 'hang by a thread,' denoting a precarious situation.

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