Definition of tied in English:

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Pronunciation: /tʌɪd/


1Fastened or attached with string or similar cord: a neatly tied package
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  • Abraham and I both stood up as if tied to the same cord.
  • It was pearly white and sleeveless, and the only thing that held it up was the tied string around my neck.
  • 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.
1.1 Music (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
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  • What, you weren't expecting a 6-3 point guard to post up late in a tied playoff game?
  • I don't think we should stick a mike in the huddle during the last minute of a tied basketball game.
  • So why can't UEFA have the courage of their convictions and decide tied games on the number of cards and fouls awarded?
3British Restricted or limited in some way, in particular:
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  • Largely because they are the only available kosher brandies, these products enjoy a tied market in Jewish communities throughout the world.
  • According to an FSA estimate, 80 percent of consumers buy through tied distribution channels run by banks, insurance companies and so on.
  • Moreover they were already in effect tributaries to a king in the south, and were probably tied economically to southern commerce.
3.1(Of a house) occupied subject to the tenant’s working for its owner: agricultural workers living in tied accommodation
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  • 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.
  • What do the New Labour spin doctors know about the lives of caretakers who live in tied houses?
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
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  • The town - home of Sam Smith's brewery - boasts six tied pubs out of a total of ten.
  • 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.
  • He says that tied pubs don't give landlords the freedom to buy local products.
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.
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  • 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.
  • Nor is she a fan of the World Bank's attempt at tied aid programs.

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