Tie Tie, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tied}(Obs. {Tight}); p. pr. & vb. n. {Tying}.] [OE. ti?en, teyen, AS. t[=i]gan, ti['e]gan, fr. te['a]g, te['a]h, a rope; akin to Icel. taug, and AS. te['o]n to draw, to pull. See {Tug}, v. t., and cf. {Tow} to drag.] 1. To fasten with a band or cord and knot; to bind. ``Tie the kine to the cart.'' --1 Sam. vi. 7. [1913 Webster]

My son, keep thy father's commandment, and forsake not the law of thy mother: bind them continually upon thine heart, and tie them about thy neck. --Prov. vi. 20,21. [1913 Webster]

2. To form, as a knot, by interlacing or complicating a cord; also, to interlace, or form a knot in; as, to tie a cord to a tree; to knit; to knot. ``We do not tie this knot with an intention to puzzle the argument.'' --Bp. Burnet. [1913 Webster]

3. To unite firmly; to fasten; to hold. [1913 Webster]

In bond of virtuous love together tied. --Fairfax. [1913 Webster]

4. To hold or constrain by authority or moral influence, as by knotted cords; to oblige; to constrain; to restrain; to confine. [1913 Webster]

Not tied to rules of policy, you find Revenge less sweet than a forgiving mind. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

5. (Mus.) To unite, as notes, by a cross line, or by a curved line, or slur, drawn over or under them. [1913 Webster]

6. To make an equal score with, in a contest; to be even with. [1913 Webster]

{To ride and tie}. See under {Ride}.

{To tie down}. (a) To fasten so as to prevent from rising. (b) To restrain; to confine; to hinder from action.

{To tie up}, to confine; to restrain; to hinder from motion or action. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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