tie2 S3 W3 [countable]
a long narrow piece of cloth tied in a knot around the neck, worn by men: ➔ black-tie, bow tie
I wear a shirt and tie at work.
a strong relationship between people, groups, or countries
connection/relationshipPG [usually plural]
close ties between the two countries
economic/diplomatic/personal etc ties➔ old school tie
Japan's strong economic ties with Taiwan
the result of a game, competition, or election when two or more people or teams get the same number of points, votes etc [= draw British English]
The match ended in a tie.
a piece of string, wire etc used to fasten or close something such as a bag
for closing something
one game, especially of football, that is part of a larger competition
England's World Cup tie against Argentina
something that means you must stay in one place, job etc or prevents you from being free to do what you want:
prevent you from doing something
If you enjoy travelling, young children can be a tie.
a heavy piece of wood or metal supporting a railway track [= sleeper British English]