Definition of tie-in in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtī ˌin/


1A connection or association: there’s a tie-in to another case I’m working on
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  • And in politics there should be a distinction drawn between personal relationships and their professional tie-ins.
  • Similarly, the tie-in with South American legends and superstitions attempts to engage with a mythic archetype of monstrous evil, but this too is patchy and unconvincing.
  • Another issue raised by the independence/dependence distinction is a possible tie-in between the Great Depression and dependent-managed central banks.
1.1A book, movie, or other product produced to take advantage of a related work in another medium.
Example sentences
  • We will continue to be bombarded with embargoed books, movie tie-ins and well-connected authors.
  • Oh, and a tie-in book and various bits of merchandise, so there seems to be an audience for it.
  • For high-profile Hollywood films, a tie-in with The History Channel or Discovery has become almost mandatory.
joint promotion, spin-off
1.2 [as modifier] chiefly North American Denoting sales made conditional on the purchase of an additional item or items from the same supplier.
Example sentences
  • Full-line forcing requires a customer to accept all or part of a supplier's range and denies them the ability to purchase selectively; tie-in sales tie the supply of one product to another.
  • It has long been noted that rent controls, or price controls generally, induce tie-in sales to avoid the controlled price.
  • This behavior explains how one firm with a head start can use tie-in sales and other behavior to prevent generic complementary products from being developed.

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