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rope

noun \ ˈrōp \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of rope

1 a : 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

ropelike

play \ˈrōp-ˌlīk\ adjective
on the ropes
: in a defensive and often helpless position

Examples of rope in a Sentence

  1. Tie the end of the rope to the post.

  2. She made a knot in the rope.

  3. a six-foot length of rope

  4. We used rope to tie down the furniture in the trailer.

  5. The hostages were tied up with rope.

  6. The veteran cop showed the rookie the ropes.

  7. It will take a few weeks for new employees to learn the ropes.

  8. someone who knows the ropes

Recent Examples of rope from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of rope

Middle English, from Old English rāp; akin to Old High German reif hoop

rope Synonyms

Synonyms
cable, lace, lacing, line, cord, string, wire
Related Words
guy, halyard, lanyard, stay; bungee cord, whipcord
Near Antonyms
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rope

verb

Definition of rope

roped; roping
transitive verb
1 a : 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

roper

noun

Examples of rope in a Sentence

  1. The dog was roped to the fence.

  2. The boats were roped together at the dock.

  3. Mountain climbers often rope themselves together for safety.

  4. He tried to rope the calf.

Recent Examples of rope from the Web

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First Known Use of rope

14th century



ROPE Defined for English Language Learners

rope

noun

Definition of rope for English Language Learners

  • : 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

  • ropes : the special way things are done at a particular place or in a particular activity


rope

verb

Definition of rope for English Language Learners

  • : to bind, fasten, or tie (something or someone) with a rope

  • : to catch (an animal) by throwing a circle of rope around it

  • : to use clever or tricky methods to get (someone) to do something


ROPE Defined for Kids

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rope

noun \ ˈrōp \

Definition of rope for Students

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

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rope

verb

Definition of rope for Students

roped; roping
1 : to bind, fasten, or tie with a cord
2 : to set off or divide by a cord
  • Police roped off a street.
3 : 1lasso

roper

noun


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