rope

noun
\ˈrōp \

Definition of rope 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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 : a row or string consisting of things united by or as if by braiding, twining, or threading

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

on the ropes

: in a defensive and often helpless position

rope

verb
roped; roping

Definition of rope (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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

2 : to draw as if with a rope : lure

intransitive verb

: to take the form of or twist in the manner of rope

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Other Words from rope

Noun

ropelike \ˈrōp-​ˌlīk \ adjective

Verb

roper noun

Synonyms for rope

Synonyms: Noun

cable, cord, lace, lacing, line, string, wire

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Examples of rope in a Sentence

Noun

Tie the end of the rope to the post. She made a knot in the rope. a six-foot length of rope We used rope to tie down the furniture in the trailer. The hostages were tied up with rope. The veteran cop showed the rookie the ropes. It will take a few weeks for new employees to learn the ropes. someone who knows the ropes

Verb

The dog was roped to the fence. The boats were roped together at the dock. Mountain climbers often rope themselves together for safety. He tried to rope the calf.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The trip—which led to Sundman being signed to Next Models and landing her first exclusive—was a success, but learning the ropes took time. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Meet the Oklahoma-Born Model Taking Over the Runways of Paris," 27 Sep. 2018 Nineteen-year-old Aldi Novel Adilang had been working as a lamp keeper on a rompong — a floating hut used to catch fish — when strong winds snapped the rope anchoring the vessel and carried him out to sea. Jameelah Nasheed, Teen Vogue, "Indonesian Teen Aldi Novel Adilang Survived 49 Days at Sea in a Tiny Fishing Raft," 24 Sep. 2018 Well, an oscillator, like a swing, has a frequency that is given by its construction: the mass and length of the rope set a preferred frequency. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Qubits can sync if they have more than two possible values," 7 Aug. 2018 Crawford dropped Jeff Horn with 50 seconds left in the ninth and sent him into the ropes with a slew of punches, ending the fight and winning the WBO welterweight title. W.g. Ramirez, Houston Chronicle, "Terence Crawford scores TKO over Jeff Horn, wins WBO welterweight title," 10 June 2018 In June 2017, Honnold became the first person to climb El Capitan without ropes. Carlos Lozano, latimes.com, "Investigation continues into death of two climbers who fell from El Capitan in Yosemite National Park," 3 June 2018 But since the controller is ball-shaped, makes sounds, and comes attached to a rope-like holster, pets everywhere are confused. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "The Pokémon: Let’s Go Poké Ball controller is psyching out dogs," 20 Nov. 2018 Loop rope string to hang the swing from everywhere there is a leg on your trampoline. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "You Need To See How People Are Upcycling Their Trampolines Into Bed Swings," 18 Sep. 2018 The building is grounded by a series of thick bamboo frames that stretch upwards before being connected by bamboo bolts and polyester rope. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Striking prefab restaurant built entirely from bamboo," 13 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Per Prouvost, her grandmother would get undressed and rope herself in a makeshift harness and swing from the plane, free as a bird. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "The New Museum and Alexander McQueen Honor Laure Prouvost With a Chic Dinner," 5 Nov. 2018 Maybe if they had been roped together, or had taken a different route, or were wearing helmets. The Atlantic, "Is Social Media Luring Hikers Into 'Death Gully'?," 17 May 2018 Joe, who had a penchant for game nights, roped me into board games by teaching me the classic gateway game Catan. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "How a CEO fiddled while beloved board game Glory to Rome crashed and burned," 8 Sep. 2018 The hole appears to be just outside the office of White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley and has been roped off with caution tape and traffic cones by groundskeepers. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "A Sinkhole Has Been Spotted on the White House Lawn and the Metaphors Write Themselves," 22 May 2018 China’s internet titans have already been roped into the government’s plans to lead in artificial intelligence. Raymond Zhong And Paul Mozur, New York Times, "Tech Giants Feel the Squeeze as Xi Jinping Tightens His Grip," 2 May 2018 Designated Hitter Robbie Thorburn roped a double to right field. Chris Jeter, The Aegis, "Back home, IronBirds snap losing skid with 6-1 win over Brooklyn," 12 July 2018 Its critics, though, regard PESCO as a low-ambition pact that ropes in too many countries, including those with little interest in sending troops abroad, to be operationally useful. The Economist, "Emmanuel Macron leads a new effort on European defence," 27 June 2018 Apple’s decision to bring Winfrey on board will likely rope in a fleet of new customers, given the star’s army of loyal followers. Shoshana Wodinsky, The Verge, "Apple and Oprah are teaming up to make videos," 15 June 2018

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First Known Use of rope

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for rope

Noun

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

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The first known use of rope was before the 12th century

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rope

noun

English Language Learners Definition of rope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

rope

verb

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

: 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

noun
\ˈrōp \

Kids Definition of rope

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

rope

verb
roped; roping

Kids Definition of rope (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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

Other Words from rope

roper noun

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