- to struggle or deal, especially on fairly even terms or with some degree of success (usually followed by with): I will try to cope with his rudeness.
- to face and deal with responsibilities, problems, or difficulties, especially successfully or in a calm or adequate manner: After his breakdown he couldn't cope any longer.
- Archaic. to come into contact; meet (usually followed by with).
- British Informal. to cope with.
- Obsolete. to come into contact with; encounter.
Origin of cope1
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- to furnish with or as if with a cope or coping.
Origin of cope2
- Building Trades.
- to join (two molded wooden members) by undercutting the end of one of them to the profile of the other so that the joint produced resembles a miter joint (usually followed by in or together).
- to form (a joint between such members) in this way.
- to undercut the end of (a molded wooden member) in order to form a coped joint.
- to cut away (a flange of a metal member) so that it may be joined to another member at an angle.
- Falconry. to clip or dull (the beak or talons of a hawk).
Origin of cope3
- to barter; trade; exchange.
Origin of cope4
Examples from the Web for cope
Stephanie Giorgio, a classical musician, credits The Class for helping her cope with anxiety, focus, fear, and self-doubt.How Taryn Toomey’s ‘The Class’ Became New York’s Latest Fitness Craze
January 9, 2015
Fulkerson, the founder of the magazine who has hired March, is someone he can cope with.The Novel That Foretold the TNR Meltdown
December 22, 2014
Eric told me about a case with which a fellow lobbyist had to cope.Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists
P. J. O’Rourke
October 25, 2014
Child workers, even when they are brought back into the classroom, are unable to cope without proper bridge courses.Stopping the Small Hands of Slavery
October 13, 2014
In an effort to cope with the implications of this question, Americans have subtly but sweepingly shifted their ideals.How Young People Are Destroying Liberty
October 11, 2014
I fancy that is just the one thing the human faculty is least able to cope with.Weighed and Wanting
I must be active in order to cope with the enemy's own scouts and spies.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
The material can cope with the eternal only in virtue of everlasting evanescence.Miracles of Our Lord
He is too shy to cope with such a man as you, but does his duty well.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
It seemed as if we were now ready to cope with rebellion in all its extent and strength.The Nation in a Nutshell
George Makepeace Towle
- (intr foll by with) to contend (against)
- (intr) to deal successfully with or handle a situation; manageshe coped well with the problem
- (tr) archaic
- to deal with
- to meet in battle
- a large ceremonial cloak worn at solemn liturgical functions by priests of certain Christian sects
- any covering shaped like a cope
- (tr) to dress (someone) in a cope
- to provide (a wall) with a coping
- to join (two moulded timber members)
- another name for coping
- Congress of the People: a political party founded in 2008 by dissident members of the ANC
Word Origin and History for cope
late 14c., "come to blows with," from Old French couper, earlier colper "hit, punch," from colp "a blow" (see coup). Meaning evolved 17c. into "handle successfully," perhaps influenced by obsolete cope "to traffic" (15c.-17c.), a word in North Sea trade, from the Flemish version of the Germanic source of English cheap. Related: Coped; coping.
- To contend with difficulties with the intent to overcome them.