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

Other Words from rope

Noun

ropelike \ ˈrōp-​ˌlīk How to pronounce rope (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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The rope barrier was stretched to the limit as fans extended hats, flags, and golf balls into Mickelson’s reach. Jayna Bardahl, BostonGlobe.com, 14 June 2022 Perkins tweeted that Department of Public Safety deputies, as well as a DPS helicopter and rope-rescue personnel, responded to the scene. Anastasia Hufham, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 June 2022 From rope construction to padded-mattress models, hammocks come in a wide variety of styles, fabrics (like comfy cotton to mold-resistant nylon) and uses. Abigail Bailey, Good Housekeeping, 10 June 2022 Custom beds by Coastal Cabinets are accessed via rope ladders. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, 9 June 2022 All cases had contact with pet prairie dogs that had been housed near small mammals—including rope squirrels, tree squirrels, and African giant-pouched rats—imported from Ghana. Erin Prater, Fortune, 6 June 2022 But its wide top keeps rope handling and Munter-hitch management just as easy. Owen Clarke, Outside Online, 27 May 2022 Plus, the rope belt with tassels adds a playful flair. Karla Pope, Woman's Day, 24 May 2022 Lab testing conducted by the CDC revealed that at least 14 rodents in that shipment were infected with monkeypox, including two African giant pouched rats, nine dormice, and three rope squirrels. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, 24 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Uhde often tried to rope others into trouble with him, Baden said. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 5 June 2022 For the pups and felines, there are collars and leashes ($16 to $25) from Buckle Down inspired by classic DC superheroes and their super pets, and rope tug toys, plushes and more by Fetch for Pets. Danielle Directo-meston, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 May 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, chicagotribune.com, 28 Mar. 2022 Producers brought in the likes of BTS and Tony Hawk to rope in more viewers. Jake Coyle, ajc, 28 Mar. 2022 Producers brought in the likes of BTS and Tony Hawk to rope in more viewers. Jake Coyle, chicagotribune.com, 28 Mar. 2022 Producers brought in the likes of BTS and Tony Hawk to rope in more viewers. Jake Coyle, ajc, 28 Mar. 2022 Producers brought in the likes of BTS and Tony Hawk to rope in more viewers. Jake Coyle, Chron, 27 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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Last Updated

18 Jun 2022

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“Rope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rope. Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for rope

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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