Definition of tether in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈteT͟Hər/


[with object]
1Tie (an animal) with a rope or chain so as to restrict its movement: the horse had been tethered to a post
More example sentences
  • He followed her calmly towards the stakes where the other horses were tethered and being watched.
  • Elephants are tethered by chains so people can climb on them for a cute photo for a fee of 10 yuan.
  • A docile Labrador dog was tethered five metres away from its owner, who was disguised as a tradesman.
tie, tie up, hitch, rope, chain;
fasten, bind, fetter, secure
2 (usually as noun tethering) Use (a smartphone) in order to connect a computer or other device to the Internet: one prediction is that tethering will cost around $30 per month, probably with some cap on the amount of data transfer allowed
More example sentences
  • Tethering is a feature that lets your mobile phone share its wireless data connection with your computer.
  • Would-be users reacted with annoyance and frustration, querying the need for extra charges for tethering, and the high prices of the phones.
  • Tethering will thus not be enabled until AT & T upgrades its service.


A rope or chain with which an animal is tied to restrict its movement.
Example sentences
  • Producers have used two types of tethers (neck and girth); both of which restrict sow movement.
  • With sows kept in tethers in a stall, their movement is restricted with a belt around their torsos just behind the front legs or around the neck.
  • The use of specialized animal stalls and tethers is accepted as a science-based industry standard of management.
rope, chain, cord, leash, lead;
restraint, fetter;


the end of one's tether

see end.


Late Middle English: from Old Norse tjóthr, from a Germanic base meaning 'fasten'.

Words that rhyme with tether

altogether, feather, heather, leather, nether, together, weather, wether, whether

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Syllabification: teth·er

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