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tied (comparative more tied, superlative most tied)

  1. Closely connected or associated.
    As a couple, they are strongly tied to one another.
    • 1961 October 19, “Berliner Discusses ' Problem”, in Daily Collegian, State College, PA:
      It is financially too tied to West Germany to exist by itself, he explained .
    • 1995 March 16, “Team Turmoil: No Peace, No Chance”, in New York Daily News:
      The fact that we weren't tied together as a team last year cost us the championship. Houston was more tied together as a team than us."
    • 2001, Wendy Holmes, Speech Synthesis and Recognition, ISBN 0748408568, page 151:
      One straightforward way of taking advantage of these similarities to provide more data for training the model parameters is to use the same Gaussian distributions to represent all the states of all models, with only the mixture weights being state-specific. Thus the distribution parameters are tied across the different states, and this type of model is often referred to as a tied mixture.
    • 2003 June 24, “Why Cut Rates Again When Recovery Is Near?”, in Hartford (CT) Courant:
      But this time -- because of the rare and dangerous threat of widespread price declines -- the anticipated rate cut is even more tied to mental mechanics.
    • 2008 March 27, “Obama: Clinton too tied to DC insiders”, in Myrtle Beach (NC) Sun News:
      Sen. Barack Obama said Wednesday that his chief rival, Sen. Hillary Clinton, was too closely tied to the Washington status quo to bring about change.
  2. Restricted.
    • 1962 September 18, “29 Escape By Tunnel”, in Ocala (FL) Star-Banner:
      The city has at times fogged the outside-ocala area, but the county claims its hands are too tied, legally and financially, for it to render much aid.
    • 1966 June 15, “How Far Will The High Court Go?”, in Eugene (OR) Register-Guard:
      Unquestionably many persons, guilty as sin, will now go free because the policeman's hands are tied, even more tied than they were as the result of similar decisions over the last five years.
  3. Conditional on other agreements being upheld.
    • 1996, Colin H. Kirkpatrick & ‎John Weiss, Cost-benefit Analysis and Project Appraisal in Developing Countries, ISBN 1782541004, page 163:
      There are two distinct ways in which tied aid can undermine the value of aid to the recipient: overpricing and distorting the nature of aid.
  4. (sports or games) That resulted in a tie.
    • 2013, Larry Powell & ‎Tom Garrett, The Films of John G. Avildsen, ISBN 0786466928, page 181:
      That tied score will require a “sudden death” round where Barnes can deliver a finishing move on Daniel.
  5. Provided for use by an employer for as long as one is employed, often with restrictions on the conditions of use.
    • 2003, Alun Howkins, The Death of Rural England, ISBN 0415138841, page 174:
      For generations farmers had argued that tied cottages were a perk and necessary to keep good workers, yet the reality for literally thousands was very different.
    • 2006, Andrew W. Cox, ‎Paul Ireland, & ‎Mike Townsend, Managing in Construction Supply Chains and Markets, ISBN 0727730010, page 216:
      Traditionally, the vast majority of public houses were owned or controlled as brewers' tied estates, usually operated on a regional basis.
  6. (archeology) Having walls that are connected in a few places by a single stone overlapping from one wall to another.

Derived terms[edit]



  1. simple past tense and past participle of tie




  • IPA(key): [ˈtiʲɛd]
  • Hyphenation: ti‧ed



  1. Alternative spelling of tiéd



tied (plural tieds)

  1. tea