rope

noun
\ ˈrōp How to pronounce rope (audio) \

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 How to pronounce rope (audio) \ adjective

Verb

roper noun

Synonyms for rope

Synonyms: Noun

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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 On her climb up K2, Thompson witnessed a climber fall to his death because of a faulty rope. Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, "The Quest for Adrenaline: What Drives Extreme Athletes to Climb Mountains, Kayak Waterfalls and More," 9 May 2021 My little trail joined another, like a frayed thread joining a rope. Suzanne Simard, Wired, "The Wolf Tree and the World Wide Web," 7 May 2021 One of the rangers was lowered into the crevasse by a rope and found Stansfield dead about 100 feet down, Gualtieri said. Tess Williams, Anchorage Daily News, "Colorado mountaineer found dead after fall into glacier crevasse in Denali National Park," 5 May 2021 Another saw Scott Carpenter climb a 40 foot rope hand-over-hand in a friend's back yard, just for exercise. Joseph N. Bell, Popular Mechanics, ""I Lived With the Astronauts": PM at the Beginning of U.S. Spaceflight," 5 May 2021 One canyoneer became separated from the rest of the group when a rope became stuck during a descent, the sheriff’s office said. oregonlive, "4 canyoneers rescued after becoming stranded in Columbia River Gorge," 1 May 2021 For kayaks, canoes and small boats, use two good anchors with enough rope to prevent fish from dragging you into structure. Bill May, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Bill May: Fishing the cicada catch, maybe one final time | OUTDOORS COMMENTARY," 1 May 2021 Jon Buehler: In a circumstantial evidence case becomes like a big rope. Jonathan Vigliotti, CBS News, "Will Scott Peterson, convicted of killing wife Laci and unborn child, get a new trial?," 1 May 2021 The following day, another rope was thrown around a beam, but police emphasized that incident did not involve not a noose. Jessika Harkay, courant.com, "Police investigating noose found at Amazon construction site in Windsor," 29 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The qualifications to make the list—according to the editors—included the service having to be entirely free, without any sort of free trials to rope users into purchasing, no hidden fees, and no expiration dates. Gene Marks, Forbes, "GoToWebinar Now Livestreams To YouTube, LinkedIn And Facebook…And Other Small Business Tech News," 9 May 2021 Positive pressure blowers, a set of Hurst e-tools including a spreader and cutter, thermal imager, gas detectors, and rope rescue equipment are also carried on the truck. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "100-foot ladder truck is first of its type to go into service for Mount Airy fire company," 7 Apr. 2021 Schindler doesn’t set out to rope Williams, however, but rather turns his sights on a shadowy White man who had been seen in the vicinity where Marie disappeared. Washington Post, "The Rope: A True Story of Murder, Heroism, and the Dawn of the NAACP," 19 Mar. 2021 Ted Lasso continued to rope in the hardware at March 7’s Critics’ Choice Awards, including a Best Actor in a Comedy Series trophy for Jason Sudeikis. Justin Curto, Vulture, "Jason Sudeikis Wants to Thank Ex Olivia Wilde for His Critics’ Choice Award," 8 Mar. 2021 The one good swing of the bunch came off the bat of Adalberto Mondesi, who sat back on a first-inning breaking ball to rope a single to right. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: Unpredictable Yu Darvish ties up Royals in Padres debut," 7 Mar. 2021 No need to rope in the good folks from Guinness here. Matt Young, Chron, "'The Bachelorette' is the best sporting event on TV," 22 Dec. 2020 This is the kind of thing that will go faster with more hands, so feel free to rope in anybody from your quarantine pod — significant other, spouse, child, roommate — who wants to partake in the result. Washington Post, "Vegetarian wontons are a delight to eat in this light, fragrant soup," 20 Dec. 2020 In that event, a cowgirl riding a horse attempts to run down and rope a calf that is given a head start. Tess Demeyer, Dallas News, "Everything you need to know about the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo," 2 Dec. 2020

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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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Time Traveler for rope

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

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Last Updated

13 May 2021

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“Rope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rope. Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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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
: 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
chiefly US : to catch (an animal) by throwing a circle of rope around it
informal : to use clever or tricky methods to get (someone) to do something

rope

noun
\ ˈrōp How to pronounce rope (audio) \

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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