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 There was a touch of rope-a-dope and in the end, a round-two knockout, as the Panda’s identity was revealed on The Masked Singer. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "'The Masked Singer': 'Panda' Celebrity Revealed," 2 Oct. 2019 By late August, Bolsonaro’s wisecracking rope-a-dope was not enough to halt the international fallout. Jon Lee Anderson, The New Yorker, "At the U.N., Jair Bolsonaro Presents a Surreal Defense of His Amazon Policies," 25 Sep. 2019 For his part, President Donald Trump has been seen smiling on rope lines as fans snap pictures. CBS News, "2020 Democratic candidates embrace the selfie line," 21 Sep. 2019 There’s also a ropes course, climbing wall, and miles of mountain biking trails. Joshua Berman, The Know, "From rodeos to an alpine coaster, a family-friendly travel guide to Snowmass," 14 Sep. 2019 The fee includes a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch, corn mazes, giant slides, tube slides, peddle carts, rat racers, a play area, duck races rodeo ropes course, corn crib caverns and more. Adriana Ramirez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Here are 9 places where you can get your pumpkins in southeast Wisconsin this fall," 10 Sep. 2019 The father and his child are being rescued from the cliff with a rope system, officials said. Lauren Hernández, SFChronicle.com, "Cliffside rescue underway for father, child at Aquatic Park," 9 Aug. 2019 The fire department said the steep terrain and distance from Highway 9 required rescuers to use rope systems to reach the victim, remove them from the vehicle and safely haul them back to the roadway. Jason Green, The Mercury News, "Saratoga: One injured in Highway 9 crash," 8 Aug. 2019 Staff brought over magnums of Veuve Clicquot Champagne while onlookers snapped clandestine pictures from beyond the velvet rope line. Los Angeles Times, "One-hit wonder or second act? Rap phenom Blueface says, ‘I ain’t going nowhere’," 23 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb However, the repair process might also rope in some stray letters or chop off pre-existing slivers of the genome. Lila Thulin, Smithsonian, "A New Gene Editing Tool Could Make CRISPR More Precise," 22 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, authorities roped off the contaminated area, and lawmakers reconvened in a nearby committee room. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Anti-vaxxer threw human blood on lawmakers, lab tests confirm," 3 Oct. 2019 Authorities roped off the Senate chamber with caution tape Friday evening as CHP and Senate officers began an investigation. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vaccine protester arrested after dropping red liquid onto lawmakers," 14 Sep. 2019 White Sox rookie Eloy Jimenez roped a foul that sent a woman to the hospital less than two weeks later. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, "Two US senators ask MLB commissioner Rob Manfred for data on fan injuries from foul balls," 7 Aug. 2019 Police roped off a large portion of the neighborhood, and marked as evidence multiple shell casings in the driveway. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "1 dead, 2 wounded in southwest Birmingham robbery early Sunday," 16 June 2019 Dan Motl struck out, Lang roped a hanging slider into the left field corner scoring Baker, giving the Saints a 3-2 lead. News Services, Twin Cities, "Lang’s big hit leaves St. Paul Saints a win from title," 13 Sep. 2019 Fankind has roped in the 20-year-old online donation platform GiveIndia as its philanthropy partner, which makes all contributions eligible for tax deductions under section 80G of India’s Income Tax Act. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz India, "A new fundraising site will let fans hang out with Varun Dhawan, Alia Bhatt—for a cause," 20 Aug. 2019 The nesting and hatching area has been roped off, and aquarium employees are monitoring the birds at least twice a day. USA TODAY, "Chicago cows, bras for turtles, gold rush: News from around our 50 states," 1 July 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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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 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Rope.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/roped. Accessed 21 November 2019.

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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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