1 [kohp]
verb (used without object), coped, coping.
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 ).
verb (used with object), coped, coping.
British Informal. to cope with.
Obsolete. to come into contact with; encounter.

1300–50; Middle English coupen < Anglo-French, Old French couper to strike, derivative of coup coup1

copeless, adjective
copelessness, noun

1. wrestle, strive, persevere. Unabridged
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cope1 (kəʊp)
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
3.  archaic (tr)
 a.  to deal with
 b.  to meet in battle
[C14: from Old French coper to strike, cut, from coup blow; see coup1]

cope2 (kəʊp)
1.  a large ceremonial cloak worn at solemn liturgical functions by priests of certain Christian sects
2.  any covering shaped like a cope
3.  (tr) to dress (someone) in a cope
[Old English cāp, from Medieval Latin cāpa, from Late Latin cappa hooded cloak; see cap]

cope3 (kəʊp)
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 cope1]

COPE (kəʊp)
n acronym for
Congress of the People: a political party founded in 2008 by dissident members of the ANC

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Word Origin & History

c.1350, from O.Fr. couper, earlier colper "hit, punch," from colp "a blow" (see coup). Meaning of "come to blows with" evolved 17c. into "handle successfully," perhaps influenced by obs. cope "to traffic" (15c.-17c.), a word in North Sea trade, from the Flem. version of the
Gmc. source of Eng. cheap (q.v.).
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cope 1 (kōp)
v. coped, cop·ing, copes
To contend with difficulties with the intent to overcome them.

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