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cope

verb \ ˈkōp \

Definition of cope

coped; coping
1 a : to deal with and attempt to overcome problems and difficulties often used with with
  • learning to cope with the demands of her schedule
b : to maintain a contest or combat usually on even terms or with success used with with
2 archaic : meet, encounter
3 obsolete : strike, fight
1 obsolete : to meet in combat
2 obsolete : to come in contact with
3 obsolete : match

Origin and Etymology of cope

Middle English copen, coupen, from Anglo-French couper to strike, cut, from cop, colp blow, from Late Latin colpus, alteration of Latin colaphus, from Greek kolaphos buffet

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cope

noun

Definition of cope

1 : a long enveloping ecclesiastical vestment
  • The priest wore a cope for the benediction.
2 a : something resembling a cope (as by concealing or covering)
  • … the dark sky's starry cope
  • —P. B. Shelley
b : coping

Examples of cope in a Sentence

  1. committed their nefarious deeds under the dark cope of night

Origin and Etymology of cope

Middle English, from Old English -cāp, from Late Latin cappa head covering


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cope

verb

Definition of cope

coped; coping
: to cover or furnish with a cope

Origin and Etymology of cope

see 2cope


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cope

verb

Definition of cope

coped; coping
1 : to shape (a structural member) to fit a coping or conform to the shape of another member
2 : notch

Origin and Etymology of cope

probably from French couper to cut


COPE Defined for English Language Learners

cope

Definition of cope for English Language Learners

  • : a long, loose piece of clothing that is worn by a priest on special occasions


COPE Defined for Kids

cope

verb \ ˈkōp \

Definition of cope for Students

coped; coping
: to deal with and try to find solutions for problems

Medical Dictionary

cope

intransitive verb \ ˈkōp \

medical Definition of cope

coped; coping
: to deal with and attempt to overcome problems and difficulties usually used with with
  • helping children cope with grief

COPE

abbreviation

medical Definition of COPE

chronic obstructive pulmonary emphysema


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