From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtietie1 /taɪ/ ●●●S2W3 verb (tied, tying, ties) 🔊 🔊 1string/ropea)[transitive]FASTEN/DO UP to fasten things together or hold them in a particular position using a piece of string, rope etc opp untietie something to/behind/onto etc something 🔊 Tie this label to your suitcase.tie somebody to something 🔊 They tied him to a tree and beat him up.tie something together (with something) 🔊 I kept all his letters tied together with a ribbon.tie somebody’s hands/arms/legs/feet 🔊 One of them tied her hands behind her back. 🔊 I tie my hair back when I’m jogging.b)[transitive]FASTEN/DO UP to fasten something around, over etc something else and tie the ends together opp untietie something around/over/under etc something 🔊 He had only a towel tied around his waist. 🔊 She tied a scarf over her head.c)[transitive]TIE to make a knot in a piece of string, rope etc, for example to fasten shoes or other clothes 🔊 Can you tie your shoelaces by yourself?tie a knot/bow 🔊 She pulled the ribbon tightly and tied a bow.d)[intransitive]TIE if a piece of clothing ties in a particular place, you fasten it there using a belt, bow etc 🔊 This dress ties at the back.2game/competition [intransitive] (also be tied)EQUAL if two players, teams etc tie or are tied in a game or competition, they finish it with an equal number of pointstie with 🔊 At the end of the season, we were tied with the Tigers.tie for first/second etc place 🔊 Woosnam and Lyle tied for fourth place on 264.3 →be tied to something4 →be tied to/by something5 →tie the knot6 →tie yourself (up) in knots7 →tie one on → somebody’s hands are tiedat hand1(43) →tie somebody down →tie in with something →tie up→ See Verb table
tietie2 ●●●S3W3 noun [countable] 🔊 🔊 1men’s clothes a long narrow piece of cloth tied in a knot around the neck, worn by men 🔊 I wear a shirt and tie at work. →black-tie, bow tie2connection/relationshipPGRELATIONSHIP [usually plural] a strong relationship between people, groups, or countriesclose/strong ties 🔊 the importance of strong family tiestie between/with 🔊 close ties between the two countrieseconomic/diplomatic/personal etc ties 🔊 Japan’s strong economic ties with Taiwanthe ties of marriage/friendship/love etc →old school tie3result [usually singular]DS the result of a game, competition, or election when two or more people or teams get the same number of points, votes etc syn draw British English 🔊 The match ended in a tie.4for closing somethingFASTEN/DO UP a piece of string, wire etc used to fasten or close something such as a bag5game British EnglishDS one game, especially of football, that is part of a larger competitiontie against 🔊 England’s World Cup tie against Argentinafirst round/second round etc tiehome/away tie6prevent you from doing somethingPREVENT something that means you must stay in one place, job etc or prevents you from being free to do what you want 🔊 If you enjoy travelling, young children can be a tie.7railway American EnglishTTR a heavy piece of wood or metalsupporting a railwaytrack syn sleeper British EnglishCOLLOCATIONS – Meaning 2: a strong relationship between people, groups, or countriesADJECTIVES/NOUN + ties close/strong tiesHe had developed close ties with many Republican governors.family/blood tiesFamily ties have been weakened by older people living apart from their children.personal tiesStrong personal ties connect her to the area.emotional tiesHe was a loner who failed to develop emotional ties with other people.economic tiesJapan and South Korea have close economic ties.diplomatic tiesthe establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countriessocial tiesBesides marriage, other social ties drew people together.phrasesties of marriage/friendship/blood etcThe ties of friendship that unite the two countries.verbsmaintain/develop tiesThe U.S. is committed to maintaining close ties with Europe.establish tiesIsrael established full diplomatic ties with the Vatican in 1994.cut/sever tiesHe said that he planned to sever his ties with the club.