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 ropelike (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 a recent day at Cave Hill, the flagless rope flapped against pole that was dedicated to the memory of Louis Edward Leavell, of the John Hunt Morgan Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Joseph Gerth, The Courier-Journal, "Gerth: Cave Hill Cemetery right to remove Confederate flag after Breonna Taylor protests," 27 June 2020 One source claimed the rope had been there for two or three months, Somoano said. Los Angeles Times, "Black doll found hanged in South Lake Tahoe among nooses discovered around state," 26 June 2020 The rope had been hanging in the garage stall for months before anyone knew Mr. Wallace would occupy it. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Bubba Wallace and the ‘Noose’ That Wasn’t," 26 June 2020 Meanwhile, a Twitter page that appears to belong to Johnson, but has not been active for more than a year, has a profile picture that shows a man, who is black, pulling a rope that's apparently attached to a hanging member of the Ku Klux Klan. Fox News, "Wisconsin violence erupted over arrest of activist with felony conviction, history of controversial social media posts," 26 June 2020 After the ban, a rope in the shape of a noose was found hanging in one of the track's nearly 1,700 garages — in the 26-year-old's stall. CBS News, "Bubba Wallace's dad gets emotional talking about son: "We've had to jump through a lot of hurdles"," 26 June 2020 The rope, the investigation has concluded, had been in the stall since October. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Here’s why Bubba Wallace was assigned garage stall No. 4 at Talladega where ‘noose’ was found," 25 June 2020 On Tuesday, the FBI concluded that the rope had been there for several months. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Willy T. Ribbs fears Bubba Wallace will become NASCAR’s sacrificial lamb," 25 June 2020 The rope was found Sunday before the running of the Geico 500 at the Talledega Motor Speedway in Alabama. oregonlive, "NASCAR releases photo of noose found in Bubba Wallace’s garage stall," 25 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb And, on the spectator side, schools are being asked to rope off sections of the bleachers and make other arrangements for social distancing. NBC News, "Playing in a pandemic: Iowa's restarting high school baseball and softball, knowing risks," 13 June 2020 That goes doubly when trying to rope friends into something. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is Epic's latest free game giveaway," 28 May 2020 Andrew DeFilippis, an assistant U.S. attorney in Manhattan, is another official roped into Durham’s effort. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "‘Full throttle’: John Durham’s Russia team is stacked with veteran investigators," 12 May 2020 The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office said that the two were wearing safety equipment and were roped to the boom lift. oregonlive, "OSHA fines companies after accident that killed 2 at Oregon’s Pickathon festival," 12 Feb. 2020 The film follows ex-cop Spenser (Wahlberg), who, after being let out of prison, gets roped into helping his old boxing coach and mentor, Henry (Alan Arkin), with promising amateur Hawk (Winston Duke). Katherine Schaffstall, Billboard, "Mark Wahlberg Recruits Team to Seek Justice in 'Spenser Confidential' Trailer, Featuring Post Malone," 20 Jan. 2020 That doesn't matter, prosecutors said, because the state's property was misused, specifically payments to workers who would not otherwise be on duty and wages paid to salaried employees who were roped into the scheme. Pete Williams, NBC News, "'Bridgegate' scandal comes to the Supreme Court. Did prosecutors overreach?," 13 Jan. 2020 Its playful video sees him dressed to the nines while romping through a pasture, being roped to a tree by sentient vines, and floating Lebowski-like over fields of rainbow flowers. Marcus Jones, EW.com, "Friday Five: Frank Ocean's timely love story, Orville Peck's cloudless new tune, and more," 4 Apr. 2020 Or if Madison Bumgarner should really be roping steers in his spare time. Kent Somers, azcentral, "Sports world coming to grinding halt and we should be thankful," 11 Mar. 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

29 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Rope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rope. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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rope

noun
How to pronounce rope (audio)

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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