tie

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noun
1 worn around the neck with a shirt
ADJECTIVE
undone

His tie was undone.

loose
askew

His tie was askew and his hair uncombed.

loud
bow, kipper (BrE), neck (usually necktie) (AmE)
bolo (AmE), bootlace (BrE)
black, white (= a black/white bow tie as part of formal dress)

a black-tie dinner

silk
club, regimental, school (all esp. BrE)
VERB + TIE
wear
knot, tie
loosen
adjust, straighten
TIE + NOUN
pin (usually tiepin), tack (AmE)
PHRASES
collar and tie, jacket and tie, shirt and tie, suit and tie
2 (usually ties) sth that connects you with sb/sth
ADJECTIVE
close, strong
loose, weak
direct, indirect
blood, family
emotional
personal
business, commercial, economic, financial
cultural, diplomatic, historical, political, social, traditional
VERB + TIE
have

We have close economic ties with other countries in the region.

develop, establish, forge
maintain
cement, strengthen
break, cut, sever

He cut all ties with the Church.

loosen, weaken
PREPOSITION
tie between

There is a strong tie between her and her daughters.

tie of

ties of kinship

tie to, tie with

to establish diplomatic ties with China

3 in a game/competition
VERB + TIE
end in, result in

The match ended in a tie.

TIE + NOUN
break (usually tiebreak) (BrE), breaker (usually tiebreaker) (AmE)
game (AmE)
PREPOSITION
tie between

a tie between Egypt and France

tie for

There was a tie for first place.

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verb
1 attach/fasten sb/sth with string/rope
ADVERB
firmly, securely, tightly

Did you tie the balloons on tightly?

loosely

He wore plimsolls, loosely tied with bits of string.

carefully
neatly

Tie the cords neatly.

back, on, together, up
PREPOSITION
around, round (esp. BrE)

He tied his bathrobe firmly around him.

in(to)

Her hair was tied into a loose ponytail.

onto

I tied the bundle onto the end of the string.

to

She tied the rope securely to a tree.

with

Katie tied her hair back with a ribbon.

2 connect sb/sth with sb/sth else
ADVERB
closely, intimately

Their company's future is closely tied to our own.

directly
firmly
inextricably
in, together, up

Production and consumption are inextricably tied together.

PREPOSITION
to

You can't stay tied to her forever.

Tie is used with these nouns as the object: ↑balloon, ↑bandage, ↑bow, ↑currency, ↑end, ↑game, ↑horse, ↑knot, ↑match, ↑noose, ↑record, ↑ribbon, ↑scarf, ↑score, ↑shawl, ↑shoe, ↑shoelace, ↑string, ↑tie, ↑umbilical cord, ↑wrist

Collocations dictionary. 2013.

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