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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.
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British Dictionary definitions for copeless

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 copeless

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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copeless 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 copeless

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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