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tie (n.)

Old English teag, "cord, band, thong, fetter," literally "that with which anything is tied," from Proto-Germanic *taugo (source also of Old Norse taug "tie," tygill "string"), from PIE root *deuk- "to lead" (source also of Old English teon "to draw, pull, drag").

Figurative sense is recorded from 1550s. Sense of "cravat, necktie" (usually a simple one knotted in front) first recorded 1761. The railway sense of "cross-beam between and beneath rails to keep them in place" is from 1857, American English. Meaning "equality between competitors" is first found 1670s, from notion of a connecting link. Tie-breaker is recorded from 1938. The figurative old school tie (1938) in its literal sense was a necktie of a characteristic pattern worn by former students of a particular English school.

tie (v.)

Old English tigan, tiegan "to tie, bind, join, connect," from the source of tie (n.). Meaning "to finish equal to a competitor" is from 1888. Related: Tied; tying. To tie the knot in the figurative sense "form a union" is from 1707. Tie one on "get drunk" is recorded from 1944.

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Definitions of tie from WordNet
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tie (v.)
fasten or secure with a rope, string, or cord;
They tied their victim to the chair
Synonyms: bind
tie (v.)
finish a game with an equal number of points, goals, etc.;
The teams drew a tie
Synonyms: draw
tie (v.)
limit or restrict to;
I am tied to UNIX
These big jets are tied to large airports
tie (v.)
connect, fasten, or put together two or more pieces;
Synonyms: connect / link / link up
tie (v.)
form a knot or bow in;
tie (v.)
create social or emotional ties;
Synonyms: bind / attach / bond
tie (v.)
perform a marriage ceremony;
Synonyms: marry / wed / splice
tie (v.)
make by tying pieces together;
The fishermen tied their flies
tie (v.)
unite musical notes by a tie;
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tie (n.)
neckwear consisting of a long narrow piece of material worn (mostly by men) under a collar and tied in knot at the front;
he wore a vest and tie
Synonyms: necktie
tie (n.)
a social or business relationship;
he was sorry he had to sever his ties with other members of the team
Synonyms: affiliation / association / tie-up
tie (n.)
equality of score in a contest;
tie (n.)
a horizontal beam used to prevent two other structural members from spreading apart or separating;
he nailed the rafters together with a tie beam
Synonyms: tie beam
tie (n.)
a fastener that serves to join or connect;
Synonyms: link / linkup / tie-in
tie (n.)
the finish of a contest in which the score is tied and the winner is undecided;
their record was 3 wins, 6 losses and a tie
Synonyms: draw / standoff
tie (n.)
(music) a slur over two notes of the same pitch; indicates that the note is to be sustained for their combined time value;
tie (n.)
one of the cross braces that support the rails on a railway track;
the British call a railroad tie a sleeper
Synonyms: railroad tie / crosstie / sleeper
tie (n.)
a cord (or string or ribbon or wire etc.) with which something is tied;
he needed a tie for the packages
From wordnet.princeton.edu