\ 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


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

Other Words from rope


ropelike \ ˈrōp-​ˌlīk How to pronounce rope (audio) \ adjective


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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This is when someone is strangled with a rope, cord, wire or something similar. Mike Mavredakis, Hartford Courant, 29 July 2022 The duo rope in an eager electronics store employee (Brandon Perea) and a curmudgeonly cinematographer (Michael Wincott) to help them get the money shot. cleveland, 20 July 2022 Four men wearing ski masks and gloves, armed with knives, rope, brass knuckles, and a fake 9 mm, crept around the back of the large suburban home, their ghostly forms captured by its security-camera footage. Alex Morris, Rolling Stone, 8 July 2022 The seasonal versatility is evident in the multiple attachments for skis, rope, helmets, crampons, and more. Outside Online, 23 June 2022 The study advises that a rescue should be attempted first from land or a boat and only to enter the water if necessary and with the aid of equipment such as rope, sticks or anything that floats. Mary Helene Hall, ajc, 20 June 2022 There are jumper cables, a tow rope, and safety gloves, along with a basic first-aid kit, mechanical flashlight, reflector triangles, and a ping hammer-belt cutter combo tool. Rachel Klein, Popular Mechanics, 2 June 2022 Scott Landry, the director of Marine Animal Entanglement Response at the Center for Coastal Studies, said the mother whale, named Thumper, was entangled in extremely heavy rope, which was probably offshore fishing gear. Globe Staff,, 1 June 2022 Other notable features include four backrests, four cup holders, two footbaths, eight handles, a tether rope, a water entry pad, and a high-quality carrying bag. Theresa Holland, Travel + Leisure, 1 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb All that was left was for Hudson to rope their friends in and whip up a script, which took them roughly a month from conception to show. oregonlive, 3 Aug. 2022 Trump's allies are still hoping to rope top Republicans into their revenge campaign in Wyoming, where Hageman has struggled to outraise the congresswoman. Manu Raju, CNN, 4 Feb. 2022 Schools should also rope in subject experts, experts believe. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 27 June 2022 Here Taylor Blackwell, 9, jumps rope while her mom Danielle Blackwell and sister Jaelynn,12, turn on June 27, 2020, at Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, DC. Black family reunions -- Slavery was designed to destroy Black families. John Blake, CNN, 19 June 2022 The crew will convert the six-seat lounger into a bed under the stars and rope it off for privacy. Sue Bryant, Town & Country, 17 June 2022 Amine jumps rope in a shady spot of the Chaude Ruelle elementary school building, laughing with his friends. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 7 June 2022 Producers brought in the likes of BTS and Tony Hawk to rope in more viewers. Jake Coyle, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Mar. 2022 Producers brought in the likes of BTS and Tony Hawk to rope in more viewers. Jake Coyle,, 28 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rope


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


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

History and Etymology for rope


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

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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


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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