lasso

verb
las·​so | \ ˈla-(ˌ)sō How to pronounce lasso (audio) , la-ˈsü How to pronounce lasso (audio) \
lassoed; lassoing; lassos

Definition of lasso

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

: to capture with or as if with a lasso : rope

lasso

noun
plural lassos or lassoes

Definition of lasso (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rope or long thong of leather with a noose used especially for catching horses and cattle : lariat

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Verb

lassoer noun

Synonyms for lasso

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of lasso in a Sentence

Verb The cowboy lassoed the horse. Noun the cowpuncher skillfully tossed the lasso around the calf's neck
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Casey Hayward had an end zone pick to lasso the Broncos’ first drive. Nick Canepa Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Nick Canepa’s Chargers report card: vs. Broncos," 27 Dec. 2020 The roper must then catch up to the calf, lasso it around its neck, dismount the horse and run to the calf. Tess Demeyer, Dallas News, "Everything you need to know about the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo," 2 Dec. 2020 The Nenets lasso the reindeer by the neck and strangle it swiftly, believing this brings less suffering, spilling none of the treasured blood. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "In the Arctic, Reindeer Are Sustenance and a Sacred Presence," 9 Nov. 2020 Dumba is a prime trade candidate — perhaps to lasso that coveted center for the present. Sarah Mclellan, Star Tribune, "Top-line center is main target of Wild in Tuesday's draft," 3 Oct. 2020 Writing my memoir gave me the ability to lasso our story. Julie Flynn Badal, Quartz, "What we lose when we grieve in isolation," 7 May 2020 In a team rope, two riders lasso a calf on horseback. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Report: Ex-Giant Madison Bumgarner competes in pro rodeos under alias," 24 Feb. 2020 Some estimate that, considering how many bits of asteroids reside near Earth, at least one tiny moon is lassoed around the planet at any given time. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "Earth Has Had a Secret Second Moon for Months Now," 27 Feb. 2020 Some of the warmer weather in the mid-latitudes of the U.S. and Europe can be explained by abnormally strong polar vortex winds in the Arctic, which lassoed cold air, trapping it far north. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Warmest winter on record gives way to extra-early signs of spring," 14 Mar. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Normally the jet stream winds around the vortex and acts as a lasso of sorts, keeping the cold air trapped inside. Jeff Berardelli, CBS News, "Climate change and record cold: What's behind the arctic extremes in Texas," 20 Feb. 2021 With her bullet-proof bracelets and her lasso of truth, Wonder Woman comes to the United States from the Amazons’ homeland, Paradise Island, to fight for democracy and women’s rights. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "Does “Wonder Woman 1984” Hide Its Hero’s True Superpowers?," 25 Dec. 2020 But in the new mode, the nocturnal brown tree snake (Boiga irregularis) hugs its body around the cylinder in one big grip and crosses over itself to make the namesake lasso, Jayne and colleagues report today in Current Biology. Tess Joosse, Science | AAAS, "Guam’s invasive tree snakes loop themselves into lassos to reach their feathered prey," 11 Jan. 2021 Back in 2017, Gadot and Jenkins broke records launching the Wonder Woman franchise to the tune of $822 million globally: Wherever the earnest, raven-haired superhero swung on her golden lasso, audiences (and Halloween costumes) followed. Andrea Mandell, USA TODAY, "'It's OK to say this is my value': 'Wonder Woman' Gal Gadot opens up about her Hollywood ascension," 24 Dec. 2020 Eventually, Wonder Woman ties up the Cheetah with her magic lasso. Jill Lepore, The New Yorker, "Does “Wonder Woman 1984” Hide Its Hero’s True Superpowers?," 25 Dec. 2020 Here, Carter and Jenkins discuss the impact of Wonder Woman on their own lives, the enduring importance of the character for audiences, and the importance of passing the baton—or, in this case, the golden lasso. Adam Rathe, Town & Country, "Wonder Woman 1984 Director Patty Jenkins In Conversation with Lynda Carter," 25 Dec. 2020 In the movie, which just came out in theaters and on HBO Max, the 35-year-old actress shows off her unbelievable strength while running, jumping, and fighting all the bad guys with Wonder Woman's magical lasso. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Gal Gadot Reveals Her Intense Exercise Routine for 'Wonder Woman 1984'," 25 Dec. 2020 The magic lasso, particularly, has become a wondrous weapon, used in all sorts of inventive ways. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Wonder Woman 1984' gets dragged down by its uninspired villains," 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of lasso

Verb

1807, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1808, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lasso

Noun

Spanish lazo, from Latin laqueus snare

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“Lasso.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lasso. Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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More Definitions for lasso

lasso

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lasso

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to catch (an animal) with a lasso

lasso

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lasso (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rope with a loop that is used for catching animals (such as cattle or horses)

lasso

verb
las·​so | \ ˈla-sō How to pronounce lasso (audio) , la-ˈsü \
lassoed; lassoing

Kids Definition of lasso

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to catch with a rope having a slipknot Cowboys lassoed a calf.

lasso

noun
plural lassos or lassoes

Kids Definition of lasso (Entry 2 of 2)

: a rope with a slipknot that is used for catching animals

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