V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


noun, verb

Definition: (n.) a rope that is tied, usually to both an animal and a post, so that the animal's movement is restricted to a small area; (v.) to tie a rope in that fashion

Synonyms: (n.) leash, restraint, rope, (v.) tie, fasten, bind, chain

Antonyms: (v.) unfasten, loose, free

Tips: It may be helpful to picture the children's game "tether ball," in which a ball is tethered to a post and spun around. Use tether as a more sophisticated way to denote that something is restrained by being tied to something else.

Usage Examples:

The dog is restricted by a tether, so it can't bite the mail carrier when he comes. (leash, rope, restraint) noun

In the days of the corded phone, many people felt like they were tethered to their receivers. (tied, chained) verb

After I exercise my horse, I'll tether her to the post and give her a brush down. (tie) verb

The puppy chewed through his tether and ran away. (leash, restraint) noun

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