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

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

Bondage From impromptu tools, like neckties à la Christian Grey, to more intense bondage scenarios involving rope, cuffs, or under-the-bed restraints, the thought of being restrained (or restraining someone else) is incredibly hot to many folks. Kate Sloan, Glamour, "25 Sex Fantasies Women Have That Are Totally Normal," 6 Apr. 2019 Free solo climbing is an extreme version of the sport where the climber climbs alone—without any harness, ropes, or equipment whatsoever. Amy Marturana, SELF, "'Free Solo' Star Alex Honnold Explains How He Got Into the Terrifying Sport of Free Solo Climbing," 26 Feb. 2019 When pulled over, police found a crowbar, face mask, rope, and handcuffs in his car. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "Ted Bundy: Looking Back at the Killing Spree That Landed Him on Death Row," 25 Jan. 2019 Sometimes by hand, sometimes with shovels, sometimes with the help of rope and the torque of a military vehicle. WSJ, "‘No War Is Won’: Benjamin B. Ferencz Continues His Fight for Justice at 98," 20 Feb. 2019 The rafts are anchored with ropes and Adilang said strong friction caused them to break. Ali Kotarumalos, Fox News, "Indonesian teenager rescued after drifting 7 weeks at sea," 24 Sep. 2018 The sequence begins with Cruise attempting to climb up a rope and into an airborne helicopter. Karen Han, Vox, "Tom Cruise’s most death-defying Mission: Impossible stunt, explained," 2 Aug. 2018 Police officers were forced to climb the statue with ropes and climbing gear in order to reach her, the outlet reported. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Woman Climbs the Statue of Liberty Prompting Mass Evacuation During Fourth of July Celebrations," 4 July 2018 Mahomes was given his freshman season to learn the ropes under Smith, who ended a streak of eight straight playoff defeats by beating Houston in the wild-card round in January 2016. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Chiefs’ Mahomes ready for postseason debut against Colts," 7 Jan. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Valdez showed off his blistering speed, scoring a run and stealing a base while Soriano roped a two-run single in the win over Eastie. Matt Doherty, BostonGlobe.com, "O’Bryant baseball has a brotherhood of youngsters," 22 May 2018 During today’s appearance, Trump roped in a high-ranking military official. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Trump Hasn't Signed a Space Force Into Being—Yet," 18 June 2018 After David Hamilton worked a leadoff walk and advanced to second, Clemens roped an RBI double into right-center field to put Texas ahead 1-0 in the first inning. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, "Texas forces Game 3 with win over Tennessee Tech," 10 June 2018 Whereas roped climbing requires a belay buddy to control the rope, Varisco points out that bouldering is a one-person job. Leah Prinzivalli, SELF, "Why You Should Try Bouldering Like Brie Larson," 7 Jan. 2019 Bregman roped it to left field for a double, clearing the bases and affording his team their largest lead of this three-game series. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Justin Verlander shines in Astros' win over Angels," 26 Apr. 2018 Knight made it 3-0 in the sixth when, again with two outs, Luis Vega roped a double into center field and scored on a throwing error. Jeff Tully, latimes.com, "Burroughs bats silenced in loss to Knight," 17 Mar. 2018 Parker picked it up on the bounce, tight-roped the sideline and sprinted 46 yards for the score. USA TODAY, "'Dawgs run wild: Georgia beats Oklahoma 54-48 in Rose Bowl," 1 Jan. 2018 But in order to maintain top-dollar advertisement placements from big companies, celebrities will be roped in. Julia Alexander, The Verge, "YouTube Premium is changing because it has to," 29 Nov. 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
: 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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