dope

noun
\ ˈdōp How to pronounce dope (audio) \

Definition of dope

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 informal : a stupid person I think fast drivers are dopes.— Randy Wayne White … people are promised windfall profits from can't-miss investments—to be paid, when they are paid at all, only out of money collected from subsequent dopes and dupes.— David Margolick
2 informal
a : an illicit drug (such as heroin or cocaine) used for its intoxicating or euphoric effects especially : marijuana smoking dope
b : a preparation (such as an anabolic steroid, diuretic, or tranquilizer) given to a racehorse to help or hinder its performance
3 informal : information especially from a reliable source the inside dope on a celebrity's new romance
4a : a thick liquid or pasty preparation Apply a small amount of pipe dope or Teflon tape to the threads of the adapter …— Michael J. McGroarty
b : a preparation for giving a desired quality to a substance or surface She … would also glue the canvas over the frames of the planes and then use "dope," a special type of lacquer to harden the body of the plane.Washington (Indiana) Times-Herald
c : absorbent or adsorbent material used in various manufacturing processes (such as the making of dynamite) A dynamite's strength and its water resistance are determined by the dopes —the particular dry ingredients that are combined with the nitroglycerin.— Bryan Di Salvatore
5 chiefly Southern : a cola drink

dope

verb
doped; doping

Definition of dope (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 informal
a : to give a narcotic or intoxicating drug to It was only when doped with scopolamine that he got any rest.— Robert McAlmon and Kay Boyle
b : to surreptitiously put a sedating drug into What does the murder have to do with the phone-date service he was investigating when someone doped his drink?— Marilyn Stasio
c : to administer a drug to (a horse) to help or hinder performance in a race Francis rode a doped horse once. The animal … ran right through the first hurdle, throwing Francis, and veered off into the woods nearby, where it was finally captured hours later.— Bill Barich
2 informal : figure out usually used with outThe following day I returned and spent some time trying to dope out the trails the deer was using.— John WeissIt's hard to dope out what, exactly, flavors the lemony, faintly soyish marinade that powers the excellent barbecued chicken …— Sam Sifton
3 : to treat with dope or a dopant The airfoil leading edge and ribs are fiberglass moldings, and the skin, as on early airplanes, is fabric doped to drum-tightness.— David Scott We developed a method to dope semiconductor nanocrystals with metal impurities, enabling control of the band gap …— David Mocatta et al.

intransitive verb

1 informal : to take an intoxicating drug
2 informal : to use a performance-enhancing substance typically banned for use in sports A week after that surreal scene, Danish hero Bjarne Riis admitted that he'd doped to win the 1996 Tour France Riis …— Austin Murphy

Definition of dope (Entry 3 of 3)

slang
: excellent used as a generalized term of approval

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Examples of dope in a Sentence

Noun They were caught smoking dope. What a dope he is. Verb They tried to dope him. Adjective That movie was so dope. Check out this dope new song.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The fact that there was this dope story that kept surprising me, and there were these two women at the center. Essence, "Netflix Introduced Us To ‘Strong, Black’ Programming During ESSENCE Festival Of Culture," 9 July 2020 She's always been about sustainability before sustainability was dope. Condé Nast Traveler, "How the Travel Industry Should Support Black Women: Women Who Travel Podcast," 10 June 2020 The top two purveyors of draft dope, MLB.com and Baseball America, for example, rank 200 and 500 draft prospects, respectively. Dallas News, "Rangers continue history of risky second-round picks with Evan Carter’s selection," 12 June 2020 When her entreaty is refused, Blondie kidnaps Carolyn Stilton (Miranda Richardson), the dope-fiend wife of a Kansas City politician, hoping to put legal pressure — or backroom enforcement — on Seldom Seen. Armond White, National Review, "Kansas City: Belafonte’s Greatest Political Lecture on Film," 11 Mar. 2020 The bass-baritone Ryan Speedo Green as the fisherman Jake, Clara’s husband, and the tenor Frederick Ballentine, as the jaded, dope-peddling Sportin’ Life, could not have been better. New York Times, "Review: A Splendid ‘Porgy and Bess’ Opens the Met Opera Season," 24 Sep. 2019 Darlene is also making a deal of her own, getting the local cops to help her sling her dope since the Navarro cartel won’t. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "Ozark Season 3 Binge Club Recap: Episodes 1-10," 30 Mar. 2020 The five visible, hexagonally shaped Nike Zoom Air bags in the outsole was pretty dope and provided an extra punch of explosiveness with each stride. Jarrel Harris, SI.com, "Ranking All 15 of LeBron James's Signature Sneakers," 16 Apr. 2018 This dope’s gallery of condescending liberals and ignorant rednecks is pretty much guaranteed to irritate everyone. Kyle Smith, National Review, "On the Shooting of Deplorables," 12 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Armstrong then confessed to doping in January 2013. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, "Lance Armstrong documentary on ESPN ends with moral contrast to his son, martyr-like speech," 1 June 2020 The author of this open letter to baseball is Jonathan Vaughters, a former professional cyclist on teams including the United States Postal Service with Lance Armstrong, who admitted to doping in 2012. Jonathan Vaughters, WSJ, "An Open Letter to Baseball From Professional Cycling," 14 Feb. 2020 The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) issued the ban because of RUSADA's failure to cooperate fully during probes into doping in Russian sport. Ben Church, CNN, "Russia to appeal against four-year doping ban," 19 Dec. 2019 Rupp earned the win with his new coach, Mike Smith, after former coach Alberto Salazar received a four-year doping ban in 2019. Charles Odum, BostonGlobe.com, "Galen Rupp, Aliphine Tuliamuk win Olympic marathon trials," 29 Feb. 2020 Justin Gatlin has been around forever, winning the 100m dash all the way back in 2004 in Athens, and is also well-known for serving a four-year doping ban from 2006-2010. SI.com, "One Year Out: What to Watch Ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics," 24 July 2019 None of the rules Salazar was found to have broken involved intentionally doping athletes. oregonlive, "Shannon Rowbury is undaunted by the coronavirus or Olympics postponement: Oregon track & field rundown," 25 Mar. 2020 The group is among those that have been lobbying for the Horseracing Integrity Act, which would create a national anti-doping authority for race horses similar to that for Olympic athletes. Jean Marbella, baltimoresun.com, "Horse’s death at Laurel Park renews calls for racing industry reform," 22 Nov. 2019 Eichner also works with MLB on their anti-doping testing. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "MLB employees to be subjects of country's largest COVID-19 antibody study," 14 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The bride tries to find the most dramatic place to put that sucker so the wedding pics look dope-as-hell. Laura Beck, Cosmopolitan, "What the New Fifty Shades Freed Teaser Answers About Ana's Wedding," 11 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of dope

Noun

1786, in the meaning defined at sense 4a

Verb

1889, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 3

Adjective

1981, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dope

Noun

Dutch doop sauce, from dopen to dip; akin to Old English dyppan to dip

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22 Jul 2020

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“Dope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dope. Accessed 10 Aug. 2020.

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More Definitions for dope

dope

noun
How to pronounce dope (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dope

 (Entry 1 of 3)

informal
: an illegal drug (such as marijuana or heroin)
: a stupid or annoying person
: information about someone or something that is not commonly or immediately known

dope

verb

English Language Learners Definition of dope (Entry 2 of 3)

informal
: to give a drug to (a person or animal) especially to cause unconsciousness
: to put a drug in (something, such as food or a drink) to make a person or animal unconscious

English Language Learners Definition of dope (Entry 3 of 3)

US slang : great or excellent

dope

noun
\ ˈdōp How to pronounce dope (audio) \

Kids Definition of dope

1 : an illegal drug
2 : a stupid person
3 : information What's the dope on the new kid?

dope

noun
\ ˈdōp How to pronounce dope (audio) \

Medical Definition of dope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a preparation of an illicit, habit-forming, or narcotic drug (as opium, heroin, or marijuana)
b : a preparation given to a racehorse to help or hinder its performance
2 : a narcotic addict

dope

verb
doped; doping

Medical Definition of dope (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to give a narcotic to

intransitive verb

: to take dope

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