- To cope is to successfully manage something difficult or challenging.
- An example of cope is when you are able to get through the hard time after your mother's death.
- An example of cope is when a street is wide enough to handle the amount of traffic it gets.
cope definition by Webster's New World
- to fight or contend (with) successfully or on equal terms
- to deal with problems, troubles, etc.
- Archaic to meet, encounter, or have to do (with)
Origin: Middle English coupen ; from Old French coper, colper, to strike ; from colp, coup
- Archaic to meet, as in contest; encounter
- Obsolete to match equally
- a large, capelike vestment worn by priests at certain ceremonies
- anything that covers like a cope, as a vault or the sky
Origin: Middle English ; from Midieval Latin capa, variant, variety of Late Latin cappa: see cap
cope definition by American Heritage Dictionary
intransitive verb coped coped, cop·ing, copes
- To contend or strive, especially on even terms or with success: coping with child rearing and a full-time job.
- To contend with difficulties and act to overcome them: “Facing unprecedented problems, the Federal Reserve of the early 1930s couldn't cope” (Robert J. Samuelson).
Origin: Middle English copen, coupen, to strike, from Old French couper, from Vulgar Latin *colpāre, from Late Latin colpus, blow; see coup.
- copˈer noun
- A long ecclesiastical vestment worn over an alb or surplice.
- A covering resembling a cloak or mantle.
- A coping.
- To cover or dress in a cope.
- To provide with coping: cope a wall.
Origin: Middle English cope, from Old English -cāp, from Medieval Latin cāpa, cloak, from Late Latin cappa.
cope - Medical Definition