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cope

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noun \ˈkōp\

Definition of cope

  1. 1 :  a long envelopingecclesiastical vestment <The priest wore a cope for the benediction.>

  2. 2a :  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


First Known Use: 13th century

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cope

verb

Definition of cope

coped

;

coping

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cover or furnish with a cope

Origin and Etymology of cope

see 1cope


First Known Use: 14th century


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cope

verb

Definition of cope

coped

;

coping

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 obsolete :  strike, fight

  3. 2a :  to maintain a contest or combat usually on even terms or with success —used with withb :  to deal with and attempt to overcome problems and difficulties —often used with with <learning to cope with the demands of her schedule>

  4. 3 archaic :  meet, encounter

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 obsolete :  to meet in combat

  7. 2 obsolete :  to come in contact with

  8. 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


First Known Use: 14th century


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cope

verb

Definition of cope

coped

;

coping

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to shape (a structural member) to fit a coping or conform to the shape of another member

  3. 2 :  notch

Origin and Etymology of cope

probably from French couper to cut


First Known Use: circa 1901


COPE Defined for English Language Learners

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cope

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noun \ˈkōp\

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

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verb \ˈkōp\

Definition of cope for Students

coped

coping

  1. :  to deal with and try to find solutions for problems


Medical Dictionary

cope

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intransitive verb \ˈkōp\

Medical Definition of cope

coped

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coping

  1. :  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

  1. chronic obstructive pulmonary emphysema



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