- 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
- 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
Related Wordswrestle, handle, confront, grapple, endure, survive, suffer, tussle, deal, buffet, face, dispatch, weather, struggle, hack, tangle, encounter
Examples from the Web for coped
How the Mubaraks have coped over the past 16 months remains largely unknown.In Egypt, Mubarak Verdict Could Send Message to Assad
Dan Ephron, Sabah Hamamou
May 31, 2012
“The luxury for me is that I got to step out of it,” said Forbes of how she coped with the strain.Michelle Forbes' Good Grief
May 22, 2011
Before the pro-life Dem received death threats for voting "yes" on health reform, he coped with his son's suicide.The Pain of Bart Stupak
March 27, 2010
Shakespeare himself, the book describes, coped with ironically similar struggles.The Daily Beast Recommends
The Daily Beast
July 14, 2009
He might have coped with her temper but his reliable tailor-made sister in tears?The Gorgeous Girl
The designer was exposed to dangers which he has coped with successfully.The Ceramic Art
Jennie J. Young
The U-boat could not be coped with by the building of swarms of submarines.Inventions of the Great War
A. Russell (Alexander Russell) Bond
He believed that slavery could only be coped with by armed force.Famous Men and Great Events of the Nineteenth Century
He might have coped with the blackmailer alive, but hardly with his corpse.Masques & Phases
- (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 coped
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.