|—vb (foll by with)|
|1.||to contend (against)|
|2.||(intr) to deal successfully with or handle a situation; manage: she coped well with the problem|
|a. to deal with|
|b. to meet in battle|
|[C14: from Old French coper to strike, cut, from coup blow; see |
|1.||to provide (a wall) with a coping|
|2.||to join (two moulded timber members)|
|3.||another name for coping|
|[C17: probably from French couper to cut; see |
cope 1 (kōp)
v. coped, cop·ing, copes
To contend with difficulties with the intent to overcome them.
liturgical vestment worn by Roman Catholic and some Anglican clergy at non-eucharistic functions. A full-length cloak formed from a semicircular piece of cloth, it is open at the front and is fastened at the breast by hooks or a brooch. It is made of silk or other rich material in various colours. Originally, a hood was attached to the neck, but this was replaced by a shield-shaped piece of material. In the 20th century the hood was restored. The cope was adapted from the cappa choralis ("choir mantle"), a black, hooded vestment worn by clergy in processions and choir services. It is known that the cope was in use by the end of the 8th century as a liturgical vestment, and by the end of the 11th century it was universally adopted.
Learn more about cope with a free trial on Britannica.com.