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English verb: tie up

1. tie up (contact) secure with or as if with ropes

SamplesTie down the prisoners.
Tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed.

ExamplesThey want to tie up the prisoners

Synonymsbind, tie down, truss

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)confine, hold, restrain

Narrower (hyponym)chain up, faggot, faggot, faggot up, fagot, fagot, hog-tie

Entailfasten, fix, secure

2. tie up (possession) invest so as to make unavailable for other purposes

SamplesAll my money is tied up in long-term investments.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)commit, invest, place, put

3. tie up (contact) restrain from moving or operating normally

SamplesTraffic is tied up for miles around the bridge where the accident occurred.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude

4. tie up (contact) secure in or as if in a berth or dock

SamplesTie up the boat.

Synonymsberth, moor

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure

Narrower (hyponym)wharf

5. tie up (contact) finish the last row

Synonymsbind off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)bind, tie

Domain categoryknit, knitting, knitwork

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