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 out The 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

dope

adjective

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 Some apartments were just built out with plywood, but then others were really dope because the people who lived in them were contractors or had worked as stagehands. Matthew Sedacca, Curbed, 12 May 2021 And no one's really done a dope, like brand new version. Steve Baltin, Forbes, 16 Apr. 2021 Plus, my band got to be a part of it with me, which was so dope. Rosy Cordero, EW.com, 15 Mar. 2021 That’s what was so dope about SOPHIE — that was her world, and anybody can enter it by listening to her music. Justin Curto, Vulture, 12 Mar. 2021 With Nadal tiring though, Tsitsipas stayed back and pursued something like tennis rope-a-dope, keeping the ball in play until Nadal blasted an error or gave Tsitsipas an opportunity for a winner. Matthew Futterman, New York Times, 17 Feb. 2021 The storyline in the movie is so deeply phenomenal, because being in a pristine place and then going to America, finding love, and returning back to the kingdom is such a dope story. Jason Newman, Rolling Stone, 4 Mar. 2021 Creating a career path that brings me joy is dope, but being able to assist other Black creatives is a dream. Shanita Hubbard, Essence, 26 Feb. 2021 Bloomberg reports that Sneader wanted to install a vetting process that would allow partners to avoid clients that may turn out to be, for example, dope pushers. Lila Maclellan, Quartz at Work, 25 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The next year, Maximum Security’s trainer, Jason Servis, was among 27 people charged by federal prosecutors in a wide-ranging scheme to secretly dope horses and cheat the betting public. New York Times, 2 June 2021 The next year, Maximum Security’s trainer, Jason Servis, was among the 27 people charged by federal prosecutors in a wide-ranging scheme to secretly dope horses and cheat the betting public. New York Times, 9 May 2021 Armstrong then confessed to doping in January 2013. Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY, 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, 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, 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, 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, 24 July 2019 None of the rules Salazar was found to have broken involved intentionally doping athletes. oregonlive, 25 Mar. 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, 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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“Dope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dope. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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dope

noun

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

dope

adjective

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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