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

Matt was swinging back and forth on the rope about 45 feet below, shooting up at Dan with a BB gun. Will Larkin, chicagotribune.com, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 9, Dan Hampton," 27 Aug. 2019 Garrett served the first of his eight-gamer last night, during a stretch when the Club plays 10 games in 10 days, its slight postseason chances squarely on the ropes. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: What a show Aristides Aquino is putting on for the Cincinnati Reds," 13 Aug. 2019 Global markets were on the ropes yesterday after President Trump vowed to impose a 10% tariff on an additional $300 billion of Chinese imports, including smartphones and apparel, next month. Andrew Nusca, Fortune, "Another Front Opens in the U.S.-China Trade War: CEO Daily," 2 Aug. 2019 Climber Mayan Smith-Gobat would have to descend the neighboring rock face and swing herself across a channel on a rope to grab a handhold. Nina Strochlic, National Geographic, "How this photographer got the photo of her dreams," 22 July 2019 In the waning moments of the 2009 W.N.B.A. finals, with Tamika Catchings and the Indiana Fever on the ropes, Pondexter saw a gap between her defender and the two other bigs who came to help. Howard Megdal, New York Times, "Cappie Pondexter, Retired From the W.N.B.A., Has ‘Never Been So Alive’," 15 July 2019 And while the government is on the ropes, Labour MPs are having to spend their time sweet-talking activists into reselecting them. The Economist, "Labour faces another summer of discontent," 4 July 2019 Damien did hurt him a few times and could’ve stayed on him a little longer — got off a little more punches and a little more aggression on the times Damien had him on the ropes. Vincent Nguyen, latimes.com, "Burbank's Damien Lopez remains unbeaten in pro boxing with majority decision," 9 June 2019 Elderly veterans looked on as members of the 75th Ranger Regiment started mounting the limestone promontory at dawn, pulling themselves up on ropes one by one, seagulls swooping above. Danica Kirka, Anchorage Daily News, "World leaders honor veterans in commemoration of D-Day 75th anniversary," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Getting roped into spending on something unnecessary will leave you short on cash. Eugenia Last, The Mercury News, "Horoscopes: Sept. 12, 2019," 12 Sep. 2019 Find joy in pursuing the activities that bring you the greatest satisfaction and don't get roped into pointless dramas. Tribune Content Agency, oregonlive.com, "Horoscope for June 29, 2019: Taurus, could be an uphill battle to gain someone’s confidence; Cancer, don’t assume," 29 June 2019 Finally, one of my guide friends, Jangbu Sherpa from Alpine Ascents, had to rope her up and pull her to the side to manage. Mary Anne Potts, National Geographic, "Here’s how one elite Everest guide would improve safety on the mountain," 14 June 2019 That’s a familiar story in Leeds, a city on the fringes of three counties that has been able to rope some of the biggest development projects in the region using grit and a lot of cooperation. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al.com, "Buc-ee’s breaks ground at bustling Leeds interchange," 26 June 2019 Ultimately, that Apple may be forced to be friendlier, out of fear it gets roped into investigations currently ensnaring its more seedy tech rivals, is perhaps the best devs can ask for. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Inside Apple’s walled garden, developers take cover from Silicon Valley’s storms," 21 June 2019 Later that night, the men get ready for their pre-rose ceremony cocktail party, which is heavy with tension, even though most of the dudes are trying their best not to get roped into the drama. Joyce Chen, refinery29.com, "The Bachelorette Season 15, Week 6 Recap: It's A Trap!," 20 June 2019 But Gigi gets roped into one last job — a money transport theft that, according to heist-movie rules, must go very wrong. Loren King, BostonGlobe.com, "Michael Roskam creates ‘melo-noir’ with ‘Racer and the Jailbird’," 3 May 2018 The puzzling at-bat ended with Carpenter roping the next pitch down the right-field line for an RBI single. Los Angeles Times, "Clayton Kershaw remains unbeatable at home as Dodgers defeat Cardinals," 6 Aug. 2019

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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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