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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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