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

There was Grae Smith, a 13-year-old transgender boy, clambering hand over hand up a ropes course to the cheers of his cabinmates 10 feet below. Dan Levin, New York Times, "In an All-Gender Cabin, Summer Campers ‘Don’t Have to Hide’," 22 Aug. 2019 Partake in a light continental breakfast and yoga led by Mary Ann Sedivy, or take a high ropes course, a leisurely bike ride or a hike. Joan Rusek, cleveland.com, "Need an attitude adjustment – catch ‘A New Brain’ at River Street Playhouse: Valley Views," 5 Aug. 2019 The zoo also offers family friendly ropes courses; visitors can climb above the zoo and look down at the Australian Walkabout section to see the koalas, emus and kangaroos (for an extra fee). Washington Post, "Skip Sydney’s typical city zoo for an Australian-animal park where you can touch a koala," 25 July 2019 Gina Felter, principal of Outdoor School, and her staff are volunteering their time to run the outdoor activities like canoeing, fishing, a night hike, and time on their ropes course. Catalina Righter, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "Camp Thrive serves middle-schoolers whose lives have been touched by addiction-related loss or trauma," 20 July 2019 There visitors can do a ropes course, go on a zip line, hike, mountain bike and ride horses. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "10 Wisconsin zoos outside Milwaukee worth a visit," 14 June 2019 The Adventure Park is separate from the water park and includes a ropes course, climbing wall, mini golf and other activities. Melissa Yeager, azcentral, "Great Wolf Lodge Arizona moves up its opening date, adds twisty Diamondback Drop slide," 11 June 2019 There’s an elaborate ropes course and a tree house for younger kids. Casey Smith, Indianapolis Star, "I took a tour of Fair Oaks Farms. Here's what I saw.," 10 June 2019 Their programming runs throughout the year, covering, at different times, a range of outdoor activities—from swimming, to horseback riding, camping, canoeing, challenge ropes courses, and more. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "10 Ways to Use Your Love of Fitness to Do Good on Giving Tuesday or Any Day," 27 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 My favorite were leather-bound, roped shut with a cord. Caitlin Wolper, Vox, "Why is it so hard to finish a notebook?," 12 July 2019 The pool inside the DeVos-Blum Family YMCA’s facility in Boynton Beach has sections roped off for different age groups, activities and special needs. Austen Erblat, sun-sentinel.com, "Young adults with special needs get free swim lessons this summer," 27 June 2019 Another new addition this summer is a small-scale version of the resort's popular Aerial Adventure Park ropes course, colored orange and designed for kids starting age three and at least 38 inches tall. Houston Chronicle, "U.S. ski resorts offer hiking, biking and other summer activities," 26 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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