- (intransitive) followed by with: to contend (against)
- (intransitive) to deal successfully with or handle a situation; manage: she coped well with the problem
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- [~ + with + object] to struggle on fairly even terms or with some success: I will try to cope with his rudeness.
- [no object] to deal with responsibilities calmly: After his breakdown he couldn't cope any longer.
- to struggle or deal, esp. on fairly even terms or with some degree of success (usually fol. by with):I will try to cope with his rudeness.
- to face and deal with responsibilities, problems, or difficulties, esp. successfully or in a calm or adequate manner:After his breakdown he couldn't cope any longer.
- [Archaic.]to come into contact;
meet (usually fol. by with).
- British Termsto cope with.
- [Obs.]to come into contact with;
- Anglo-French, Old French couper to strike, derivative of coup coup1
- Middle English coupen 1300–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged wrestle, strive, persevere.
cope2 (kōp),USA pronunciation n., v., coped, cop•ing.
- Clothing, Religiona long mantle, esp. of silk, worn by ecclesiastics over the alb or surplice in processions and on other occasions.
- Clothingany cloaklike or canopylike covering.
- the sky.
- a coping.
- Metallurgythe upper half of a flask. Cf. drag (def. 32).
- to furnish with or as if with a cope or coping.
- Medieval Latin cāpa, variant of cappa cap1
- Middle English 1175–1225
cope3 (kōp),USA pronunciation v.t., coped, cop•ing.
- 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 fol. 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.
- Sport[Falconry.]to clip or dull (the beak or talons of a hawk).
- French couper to cut; see cope1
cope4 (kōp),USA pronunciation v.t., coped, cop•ing. [Brit.]
- British Termsto barter;
- Low German; compare Middle Dutch côpen to buy
- late Middle English copen 1400–50
- a large ceremonial cloak worn at solemn liturgical functions by priests of certain Christian sects
- any covering shaped like a cope
- (transitive) to dress (someone) in a cope
- to provide (a wall) with a coping
- another name for coping