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cope1

[kohp] /koʊp/
verb (used without object), coped, coping.
1.
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.
2.
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.
3.
Archaic. to come into contact; meet (usually followed by with).
verb (used with object), coped, coping.
4.
British Informal. to cope with.
5.
Obsolete. to come into contact with; encounter.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English coupen < Anglo-French, Old French couper to strike, derivative of coup coup1
Related forms
copeless, adjective
copelessness, noun
Synonyms
1. wrestle, strive, persevere.

cope2

[kohp] /koʊp/
noun
1.
a long mantle, especially of silk, worn by ecclesiastics over the alb or surplice in processions and on other occasions.
2.
any cloaklike or canopylike covering.
3.
the sky.
4.
a coping.
5.
Metallurgy. the upper half of a flask.
Compare drag (def 31).
verb (used with object), coped, coping.
6.
to furnish with or as if with a cope or coping.
Origin
1175-1225; Middle English < Medieval Latin cāpa, variant of cappa cap1

cope3

[kohp] /koʊp/
verb (used with object), coped, coping.
1.
Building Trades.
  1. 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).
  2. to form (a joint between such members) in this way.
  3. to undercut the end of (a molded wooden member) in order to form a coped joint.
  4. to cut away (a flange of a metal member) so that it may be joined to another member at an angle.
2.
Falconry. to clip or dull (the beak or talons of a hawk).
Origin
1565-75; < French couper to cut; see cope1

cope4

[kohp] /koʊp/
verb (used with object), coped, coping. British
1.
to barter; trade; exchange.
Origin
1400-50; late Middle English copen < Low German; compare Middle Dutch côpen to buy
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Examples from the web for cope
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  • New ventures launched today will be designed to cope with the rough as well as flourish with the smooth.
  • The real problem, though, is how to get companies and public bodies spending money to cope with a non-guaranteed eventuality.
  • cope had a drinking problem and he stopped a while ago.
  • But, unlike them, he lacked the inner resources to cope with his situation.
British Dictionary definitions for cope

cope1

/kəʊp/
verb
1.
(intransitive) foll by with. to contend (against)
2.
(intransitive) to deal successfully with or handle a situation; manage: she coped well with the problem
3.
(transitive) (archaic)
  1. to deal with
  2. to meet in battle
Word Origin
C14: from Old French coper to strike, cut, from coup blow; see coup1

cope2

/kəʊp/
noun
1.
a large ceremonial cloak worn at solemn liturgical functions by priests of certain Christian sects
2.
any covering shaped like a cope
verb
3.
(transitive) to dress (someone) in a cope
Word Origin
Old English cāp, from Medieval Latin cāpa, from Late Latin cappa hooded cloak; see cap

cope3

/kəʊp/
verb (transitive)
1.
to provide (a wall) with a coping
2.
to join (two moulded timber members)
noun
3.
another name for coping
Word Origin
C17: probably from French couper to cut; see cope1

COPE

/kəʊp/
noun acronym (in South Africa)
1.
Congress of the People: a political party founded in 2008 by dissident members of the ANC
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Word Origin and History for cope
v.

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.

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cope in Medicine

cope 1 (kōp)
v. coped, cop·ing, copes
To contend with difficulties with the intent to overcome them.

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Encyclopedia Article for cope

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.

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