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 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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ideal for indoor and outdoor use, this cotton rope hammock offers a comfortable setup for users. Korin Miller, Forbes, 15 June 2021 The Comets loaded the bases in the second when Abby Mitchell, Caelyn Voss and Tracey all got hits, but Maggie Kreis’ two-out rope to center field was right to Mackenzie Norris. Craig Clary, baltimoresun.com, 15 June 2021 Nearby is a rope swing on which children (or adults) can soar over the ocean. Kate Eshelby, CNN, 14 June 2021 The project will also feature climbing areas, zip lines, rope courses and hiking and mountain biking trails. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, 11 June 2021 Owner Daniel Neumann said there was plenty of space, about 10 feet, from the parking area to the rope fence. Erik S. Hanley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10 June 2021 The actress has shared many Instagram updates with fans detailing her fitness routine, which includes a variety of boxing, resistance band, plank and jumping rope exercises among other activities. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, 9 June 2021 But during that rare field trip on the second-to-last day of school, the students tested their bravery by strapping into a climbing harness and crawling up a vertical crag while an adult belayer held their safety rope. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 8 June 2021 This extra storage space is perfect for keeping a recovery strap or tow rope dry. Austin Irwin, Car and Driver, 8 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Given the wide reach of the kirana stores, PayNearby, a fintech firm, is planning to rope in over 150,000 shopkeepers to participate actively in the vaccination drive. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 10 June 2021 That could rope in as many as 38 landfills, according to the researchers. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 9 June 2021 What an awkward moment to rope a bunch of kids into! Maggie Fremont, Vulture, 4 June 2021 The qualifications to make the list—according to the editors—included the service having to be entirely free, without any sort of free trials to rope users into purchasing, no hidden fees, and no expiration dates. Gene Marks, Forbes, 9 May 2021 Positive pressure blowers, a set of Hurst e-tools including a spreader and cutter, thermal imager, gas detectors, and rope rescue equipment are also carried on the truck. baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, 7 Apr. 2021 Schindler doesn’t set out to rope Williams, however, but rather turns his sights on a shadowy White man who had been seen in the vicinity where Marie disappeared. Washington Post, 19 Mar. 2021 Ted Lasso continued to rope in the hardware at March 7’s Critics’ Choice Awards, including a Best Actor in a Comedy Series trophy for Jason Sudeikis. Justin Curto, Vulture, 8 Mar. 2021 The one good swing of the bunch came off the bat of Adalberto Mondesi, who sat back on a first-inning breaking ball to rope a single to right. San Diego Union-Tribune, 7 Mar. 2021

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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

18 Jun 2021

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“Rope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rope. Accessed 21 Jun. 2021.

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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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