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

And in a similar incident, five educators at Summerwind Elementary School in Palmdale, California, were suspended in May after a photo showed four teachers posing with a rope fashioned into a noose. NBC News, "Two TSA agents suspended after noose found in baggage area of Miami airport," 30 July 2019 Watch closely during the performances with the ropes and silks to see how the dancers create their own supports while dangling high above the ground. oregonlive.com, "West Linn dance-in-the-park show mixes aerial feats, circus arts," 29 July 2019 The main event unfolds on the 10th when teams compete in a tug-of-war with a 2,000-plus-foot rope stretching across the river from Port Byron, Ill., to LeClaire, Iowa. Phil Marty, chicagotribune.com, "Hit a Wisconsin fest, watch a tug-of-war over the Mighty Mississippi and more Midwest events," 29 July 2019 Matthew Stafford opened one team drill with a rope to Marvin Jones that would have gone for a big gain, but threw incomplete on his two other passes in the period. Dave Birkett, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions observations: Matt Patricia upgrades his ride to sweet ATV," 27 July 2019 For example, if the room is an outdoor patio, playing with rope or cane mimics the rattan in a space. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "9 Designers Share How They Hide Cords In Interiors," 22 July 2019 The elders tied themselves together with rope to block off the road, according to The Associated Press. Jay Cannon, USA TODAY, "Protests rage against construction of massive telescope on sacred Hawaiian peak," 15 July 2019 Lueck's arms had been bound behind her back with rope and a zip tie, and there was a 5-centimeter (2-inch) hole on the left side of her head, the charging document says. Eliott C. Mclaughlin, CNN, "Utah man charged with murder in Mackenzie Lueck's killing," 10 July 2019 The footbridge, built in 1889 with hemp rope and cedar planks, is 450 feet long and 230 feet above the roiling Capilano River. Rosemary Mcclure, latimes.com, "Things to do in Vancouver: Capilano Suspension Bridge and other ways to scare yourself silly," 7 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The news comes only two days after the U.S. women’s national team set viewership records, roping in 6.2 million viewers on Fox and 8.2 million television viewers on their way to beating France 2-1 in the World Cup semifinals. Julia Poe And Iliana Limón Romero, Pro Soccer USA, "ESPN, NWSL announce broadcast partnership for remainder of 2019 season," 5 July 2019 Parents and coaches got into an argument and the teenage umpire got roped in, police spokesman John Romero told The Post. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "Wild Brawl Breaks Out Between Parents at Baseball Game for Seven-Year-Olds," 19 June 2019 Spider-Man: Far From Home, her most recent film, is roping in a giant segment of its audience by dangling the question of whether Zendaya and Tom Holland are secretly in love. Constance Grady, Vox, "What makes Zendaya a great celebrity," 15 July 2019 In the early hours of July 4th British marines roped down from a helicopter to seize the tanker, which held 2m barrels of Iranian oil. The Economist, "Oil shortages in Syria are starting to hurt," 11 July 2019 Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star Days and in some cases weeks before this year's Carmel July Fourth parade, chairs and roped off areas littered the parade route as residents sought to save their seats. Kaitlin Lange, Indianapolis Star, "Seat-saving tradition for CarmelFest Parade is getting out of hand, official says. Rules may change.," 5 July 2019 Grady Jackson roped a one-out double to right and scored on Tristan Ramos’ single to center. Matt Szabo, latimes.com, "Seaview Little League 11-year-olds outlast Costa Mesa American for District 62 All-Stars win," 25 June 2019 With senior Will Janowitz in scoring position at second base, Painter (3 for 3, RBI) roped a single up the middle to Tahanto sophomore Adam Fuller. Karl Capen, BostonGlobe.com, "Senior moment for Manchester Essex — D4 baseball championship," 22 June 2019 With Yuli Gurriel on first, Chirinos roped his two-out double down the left-field line off Branden Kline. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, "Orioles battle AL-best Astros for 11 innings, but fall 4-3 on 'do-or-die play' at plate," 8 June 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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