Definition of tied in English:



  • 1Fastened or attached with string or similar cord:

    ‘a neatly tied package’
    • ‘Abraham and I both stood up as if tied to the same cord.’
    • ‘While it appears that the flowers are standing upright without support, the water and tied stems provide just enough oomph to hold the flowers up.’
    • ‘He first sees her using a butterfly knife to cut the strings of a tied bird, next to a fairy-tale lake in the forest.’
    • ‘It was pearly white and sleeveless, and the only thing that held it up was the tied string around my neck.’
    • ‘I just went to talk to my downstairs neighbour about a tree that fell down in our garden, and she gave me a sprig of rosemary, and a tied bunch of lavender.’
    • ‘The woman was white, aged 18 to 20, 5ft 10 in with tied back black hair and dark clothing.’
    • ‘Ask for black pepper and it'll come, as was their habit, in a tied leather pouch.’
    1. 1.1Music (of two or more notes) united by a tie and performed as one unbroken note.
  • 2(of a game or contest) with both or more competitors or teams achieving the same score:

    ‘the first tied match in the league’
    ‘a tied vote’
    • ‘After a tied vote the spotlight turned to Mr Heseltine in the chair, who cast his vote in favour of allowing deeper quarrying.’
    • ‘The tied Test match at Brisbane in 1960 was an incredibly satisfying game of cricket.’
    • ‘Her dad looks up from his bag of chips on the couch for a moment, then averts his eyes immediately back to the television where a basketball game rages at a tied score.’
    • ‘This was their brilliant solution to the tied All-Star game.’
    • ‘This tied match proved pivotal in the overall result.’
    • ‘It doesn't matter how rubbish you might think they are; all five songs must be ranked, with no tied positions and no omissions.’
    • ‘I don't think we should stick a mike in the huddle during the last minute of a tied basketball game.’
    • ‘With about four minutes remaining in a tied game, he scooped up the puck and began an end-to-end dash for the ages.’
    • ‘In the case of a tied score, the scores are reset to zero and an overtime set is played.’
    • ‘Esholt were without game on Saturday but had a tied game with Hartshead Moor on Sunday.’
    • ‘The team was banking on the odds of playing an outstanding final 20 minutes in a tied game.’
    • ‘What, you weren't expecting a 6-3 point guard to post up late in a tied playoff game?’
    • ‘So why can't UEFA have the courage of their convictions and decide tied games on the number of cards and fouls awarded?’
    • ‘But he bounced back against the Northerns Titans with 3/40 in a tied game.’
    • ‘In the event of a tied election the President is chosen by a vote in the House of Representatives.’
    • ‘The matter was then referred to full council as a result of a tied vote, and they have since climbed down.’
    • ‘As veterans from 2003 will know, a tied first position will result in a bonus tie-break round.’
    • ‘The commissioners had a tied vote again in July, but left the case active.’
    • ‘After the first round of voting for the speaker resulted in a tied vote, the house descended into uproar.’
    • ‘It was decided that a correlation would not be informative for this analysis due to the large number of tied scores.’
  • 3British Restricted or limited in some way, in particular:

    • ‘According to an FSA estimate, 80 percent of consumers buy through tied distribution channels run by banks, insurance companies and so on.’
    • ‘Largely because they are the only available kosher brandies, these products enjoy a tied market in Jewish communities throughout the world.’
    • ‘Moreover they were already in effect tributaries to a king in the south, and were probably tied economically to southern commerce.’
    1. 3.1 (of a house) occupied subject to the tenant's working for its owner:
      ‘agricultural workers living in tied accommodation’
      • ‘What do the New Labour spin doctors know about the lives of caretakers who live in tied houses?’
      • ‘All their other five children had their own homes, while Tony lives in a tied cottage which he will one day have to quit when leaves his job as a warden at Lyme Park, Disley.’
      • ‘He lived - and is still living - in a tied cottage on the Lyme Park estate where he is employed as a warden.’
      • ‘A champion of the rural poor, she used her position in Parliament to fight for an end to the power of farmers and rural landholders to evict farm labourers under tied cottage legislation.’
      • ‘And bed and board are beneath the dignity of a tied house.’
      • ‘This gave the hard working couple the opportunity to rent one of the tied cottages.’
      • ‘Now Nudds has been sacked and they will be kicked out of their home, a tied cottage on the Birkbeck estate.’
      • ‘Even today many of those employed by the hunt live in tied cottages, dependent on the landlord's good graces for a roof over their heads.’
      • ‘My agricultural working class grandparents worked in hunt kennels all their lives and lived in tied cottages.’
      • ‘The workers, living in tied cottages, often had their gardens invaded by hounds.’
      • ‘She said if the Watson Bill was passed she stood to lose her job and tied house at a livery yard at Craigie, near Kilmarnock.’
      • ‘Forestry officials were baffled yesterday by reports that an employee battered his wife to death and killed himself over fears they would lose their tied cottage.’
      • ‘Father of three Bryan Robinson, master of the Airedale Beagles, said he could lose his home in the hunt's tied cottage.’
      • ‘Huntsmen with tied cottages can still make a living.’
      • ‘The work is hard and physical, but at least they have a tied house and the use of a car.’
      • ‘I am sure that living in tied accommodation, in almost a feudal situation, is an extra cause of stress.’
      • ‘Henceforth, she would reside in Speaker's House, which her predecessor had described as ‘the best tied cottage in England’.’
      • ‘Teresa and two other wardens - also made redundant - in other tied flats, have asked for an extension so that they can have more time to find alternative accommodation.’
    2. 3.2 (of a pub) owned by a brewery and bound to supply the products produced or specified by that brewery:
      ‘tied houses now have guest beers’
      • ‘He also agreed to pull a pint of 6X bitter in the former White Lion pub, which is now used to train licensees of the brewery's tied houses.’
      • ‘Until the doors of the new York Brewery pub opened, the nearest pint was served at the Huntsman Inn, Cattal, due to the strict nature of York's tied pubs.’
      • ‘In addition to its brewing interests it also runs over a thousand tied pubs, which sell the company's own brew at the exclusion of other beers.’
      • ‘He says that tied pubs don't give landlords the freedom to buy local products.’
      • ‘The town - home of Sam Smith's brewery - boasts six tied pubs out of a total of ten.’
      • ‘An unprecedented number of pubs were available for purchase, as the larger brewers reduced their tied and managed estates in order to comply with the ceilings set by the TEO.’
      • ‘Suppose that a brewery wants to turn a free house into a tied house.’
      tied, tied up, roped, tethered, chained, fettered, shackled, hobbled, secured
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    3. 3.3 (of aid or an international loan) given subject to the condition that it should be spent on goods or services from the donor or lender.
      • ‘Nor is she a fan of the World Bank's attempt at tied aid programs.’
      • ‘Until now people seeking financial advice have had two choices - the tied financial adviser and the ‘independent’ adviser.’
      • ‘No longer will we impose our will on poor countries through massive subsidised loans or tied aid payments.’
      • ‘By the 1980s, the World Bank was more or less dictating the country's export and import trade through a system of tied aid.’
      subject to, dependent on, depending on, contingent on, hingeing on, resting on, hanging on, based on, determined by, controlled by, tied to, bound up with
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