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English noun: tie

1. tie (artifact) neckwear consisting of a long narrow piece of material worn (mostly by men) under a collar and tied in knot at the front

SamplesHe stood in front of the mirror tightening his necktie.
He wore a vest and tie.


Broader (hypernym)neckwear

Narrower (hyponym)bola, bola tie, bolo, bolo tie, bow tie, bow-tie, bowtie, four-in-hand, old school tie, string tie, Windsor tie

2. tie (state) a social or business relationship

SamplesA valuable financial affiliation.
He was sorry he had to sever his ties with other members of the team.
Many close associations with England.

Synonymsaffiliation, association, tie-up

Broader (hypernym)relationship

3. tie (state) equality of score in a contest

Broader (hypernym)equality, equation, equivalence, par

Narrower (hyponym)deuce

4. tie (artifact) a horizontal beam used to prevent two other structural members from spreading apart or separating

SamplesHe nailed the rafters together with a tie beam.

Synonymstie beam

Broader (hypernym)beam

5. tie (artifact) a fastener that serves to join or connect

SamplesThe walls are held together with metal links placed in the wet mortar during construction.

Synonymslink, linkup, tie-in

Broader (hypernym)fastener, fastening, fixing, holdfast

Narrower (hyponym)bridge, nosepiece

6. tie (event) the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided

SamplesThe game ended in a draw.
Their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie.

Synonymsdraw, standoff

Broader (hypernym)finish

Narrower (hyponym)dead heat, stalemate

7. tie (communication) (music) a slur over two notes of the same pitch; indicates that the note is to be sustained for their combined time value

Broader (hypernym)slur

Domain categorymusic

8. tie (artifact) one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track

SamplesThe British call a railroad tie a sleeper.

Synonymscrosstie, railroad tie, sleeper

Broader (hypernym)brace, bracing

Part meronymrailroad, railroad track, railway

9. tie (artifact) a cord (or string or ribbon or wire etc.) with which something is tied

SamplesHe needed a tie for the packages.

Broader (hypernym)cord

Narrower (hyponym)drawing string, drawstring, string

English verb: tie

1. tie (contact) fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord

SamplesThey tied their victim to the chair.


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

Broader (hypernym)fasten, fix, secure

Narrower (hyponym)band, bind off, cord, gag, knot, lace, lace up, lash, lash together, leash, loop, muzzle, retie, rope, strap, tie up, truss

Antonymsunbrace, unlace, untie

2. tie (competition) finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.

SamplesThe teams drew a tie.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)equal, equalise, equalize, equate, match


3. tie (change) limit or restrict to

SamplesI am tied to UNIX.
These big jets are tied to large airports.

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

Broader (hypernym)bound, confine, limit, restrain, restrict, throttle, trammel

4. tie (contact) connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces

SamplesCan you connect the two loudspeakers?.
Tie the ropes together.
Link arms.

Synonymsconnect, link, link up

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

Narrower (hyponym)attach, bridge, bridge over, bring together, conjoin, daisy-chain, ground, hang together, hitch, interconnect, interdepend, interlink, join, join, put through, tee, tie


5. tie (change) form a knot or bow in

SamplesTie a necktie.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)form, shape

6. tie (social) create social or emotional ties

SamplesThe grandparents want to bond with the child.

Synonymsattach, bind, bond

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)relate

Narrower (hyponym)befriend, fixate

7. tie (social) perform a marriage ceremony

SamplesThe minister married us on Saturday.
We were wed the following week.
The couple got spliced on Hawaii.

Synonymsmarry, splice, wed

Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)officiate

Narrower (hyponym)solemnise, solemnize

Verb groupconjoin, espouse, get hitched with, get married, hook up with, marry, wed

8. tie (creation) make by tying pieces together

SamplesThe fishermen tied their flies.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)fashion, forge

9. tie (contact) unite musical notes by a tie

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)connect, link, link up, tie

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