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noun \ˈrōp\

Simple Definition of rope

  • : a strong, thick string that is made by twisting many thin strings or fibers together

  • : a string on which a number of similar things are held together

  • the ropes : the special way things are done at a particular place or in a particular activity

Full Definition of rope

  1. 1 a :  a large stout cord of strands of fibers or wire twisted or braided together b :  a long slender strip of material used as rope <rawhide rope> c :  a hangman's noose d :  lariat

  2. 2 :  a row or string consisting of things united by or as if by braiding, twining, or threading

  3. 3 plural :  special or basic techniques or procedures <show him the ropes>

  4. 4 :  line drive

rope·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective
on the ropes
  1. :  in a defensive and often helpless position

Examples of rope

  1. Tie the end of the rope to the post.

  2. She made a knot in the rope.

  3. a six-foot length of rope

  4. We used rope to tie down the furniture in the trailer.

  5. The hostages were tied up with rope.

  6. The veteran cop showed the rookie the ropes.

  7. It will take a few weeks for new employees to learn the ropes.

  8. someone who knows the ropes

Origin of rope

Middle English, from Old English rāp; akin to Old High German reif hoop

First Known Use: before 12th century




Simple Definition of rope

  • : to bind, fasten, or tie (something or someone) with a rope

  • : to catch (an animal) by throwing a circle of rope around it

  • : to use clever or tricky methods to get (someone) to do something

Full Definition of rope


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to bind, fasten, or tie with a rope or cord b :  to partition, separate, or divide by a rope <rope off the street> c :  lasso

  3. 2 :  to draw as if with a rope :  lure

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to take the form of or twist in the manner of rope

rop·er noun

Examples of rope

  1. The dog was roped to the fence.

  2. The boats were roped together at the dock.

  3. Mountain climbers often rope themselves together for safety.

  4. He tried to rope the calf.

14th Century

First Known Use of rope

14th century

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