Definition of tether verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    tether

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//ˈteðə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈteðər//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they tether
    BrE BrE//ˈteðə(r)//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈteðər//
     
    he / she / it tethers
    BrE BrE//ˈteðəz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈteðərz//
     
    past simple tethered
    BrE BrE//ˈteðəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈteðərd//
     
    past participle tethered
    BrE BrE//ˈteðəd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈteðərd//
     
    -ing form tethering
    BrE BrE//ˈteðərɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈteðərɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1tether something (to something) to tie an animal to a post so that it cannot move very far He tethered his horse to a tree. He checked that the animals were safely tethered.
  2. 2to use a smartphone to connect a computer to the Internet My phone does have tethering software on it so I often use it but it’s slow. tethered data
  3. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old Norse tjóthr, from a Germanic base meaning ‘fasten’.
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