tie down

tie down
1. secure with or as if with ropes

tie down the prisoners


tie up the old newspapers and bring them to the recycling shed

Syn: ↑tie up, ↑bind, ↑truss
Derivationally related forms: ↑bindable (for: ↑bind)
Hypernyms: ↑restrain, ↑confine, ↑hold
Hyponyms: ↑chain up, ↑faggot, ↑fagot, ↑faggot up, ↑hog-tie
Entailment: ↑fasten, ↑fix, ↑secure
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s something


Somebody ——s somebody


They want to tie down the prisoners

2. restrain from independence by an obligation

He was tied down by his work

Hypernyms: ↑oblige, ↑bind, ↑hold, ↑obligate
Verb Frames:

Somebody ——s somebody


Something ——s somebody


Somebody ——s somebody to INFINITIVE

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tie down [phrasal verb]
1 tie (something or someone) down or tie down (something or someone) : to attach (something or someone) especially to a flat surface by using string, rope, etc.

A storm was coming, so the captain ordered us to tie everything down.

She tied down the flaps of the tent.

They had him tied down on a stretcher.

2 tie (someone) down or tie down (someone) : to limit the freedom of (someone)

Having a family ties people down.

She doesn't want to tie herself down to a schedule.

— often used as (be) tied down

You're too young to be tied down with so much responsibility.

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Main Entry:tie

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