Meaning of “rope” in the English Dictionary

"rope" in British English

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uk /rəʊp/ us /roʊp/

B2 [ C or U ] (a piece of) strong, thick string made of long twisted threads:

A sailor threw a rope ashore and we tied the boat to a post.
a coil of rope

[ C ] several of one type of object connected together on a string:

a rope of garlic
a rope of pearls
the ropes [ plural ]

thick rope which surrounds an area used for boxing (= sport in which two people hit each other) or wrestling:

The middleweight boxing champion had his opponent up against the ropes.

More examples

  • A coil of rope lay on the beach.
  • We anchored ourselves to the rocks with a rope.
  • He caught the rope and knotted it around a post.
  • There's too much slack in these ropes.
  • The builders worked on wooden platforms, suspended by ropes from the roof of the building.

ropeverb [ T usually + adv/prep ]

uk /rəʊp/ us /roʊp/

(Definition of “rope” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"rope" in American English

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ropenoun [ C/U ]

us /roʊp/

ropeverb [ T ]

us /roʊp/

to tie something with rope:

We roped the box to the top of the car.

To rope something off is to put rope or cord around it to keep it separate:

[ M ] The site has been marked with “No Trespassing” signs and areas have been roped off.

(Definition of “rope” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)