To fasten or secure with or as if with a cord, rope, or strap: tied the kite to a post; tie up a bundle. To fasten by drawing together the parts or sides and knotting with strings or laces: tied her shoes. To make by fastening ends or parts: tie a knot. To put a knot or bow in: tie a neck scarf. To confine or restrict as if with cord: duties that tied him to the office. To bring together in relationship; connect or unite: friends who were tied by common interests; people who are tied by blood or marriage. To equal (an opponent or an opponent's score) in a contest. To equal an opponent's score in (a contest): tied the game with minutes remaining. Music To join (notes) by a tie. To be fastened or attached: The apron ties at the back. To achieve equal scores in a contest. A cord, string, or other means by which something is tied. Something that connects or unites; a link: a blood tie; marital ties. A necktie. A beam or rod that joins parts and gives support. One of the beams, usually made of wood, that are laid across a railroad bed to secure the rails. An equality of scores, votes, or performance in a contest: The election ended in a tie. A contest so resulting; a draw. Music A curved line above or below two notes of the same pitch, indicating that the tone is to be sustained for their combined duration. tie in To bring into or have a close or effective relation; connect or coordinate: two events that do not tie in; tying the movie promotion in with the book sales. tie into To attack energetically. tie up Nautical To secure or be secured to a shore or pier; dock. tie up To impede the progress of; block: The accident tied up traffic. tie up To keep occupied; engage: She was tied up in a meeting all morning. The phone was tied up for an hour. tie up To place (funds) so as to make inaccessible for other uses: tied up her cash in long-term investments.