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rope

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noun \ˈrōp\

Definition of rope

  1. 1a :  a large stout cord of strands of fibers or wire twisted or braided togetherb :  a long slender strip of material used as rope rawhide ropec :  a hangman's noosed :  lariat

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

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

  4. 4 :  line drive

ropelike

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on the ropes

  1. :  in a defensive and often helpless position

Examples of rope in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of rope

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


First Known Use: before 12th century


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rope

verb

Definition of rope

roped

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roping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1a :  to bind, fasten, or tie with a rope or cordb :  to partition, separate, or divide by a rope rope off the streetc :  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

roper

noun

Examples of rope in a sentence

  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



ROPE Defined for English Language Learners

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rope

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noun \ˈrōp\

Definition of rope for English Language Learners

  • : 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

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


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rope

verb

Definition of rope for English Language Learners

  • : 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


ROPE Defined for Kids

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rope

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noun \ˈrōp\

Definition of rope for Students

  1. 1 :  a strong thick cord of strands (as of fiber or wire) twisted or braided together

  2. 2 :  a number of similar things held together on a string


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rope

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verb

Definition of rope for Students

roped

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roping

  1. 1 :  to bind, fasten, or tie with a cord

  2. 2 :  to set off or divide by a cord Police roped off a street.

  3. 3 :  1lasso

roper

noun


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