cope

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See also: copé and copë

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English coupen, from Old French couper (to strike" or "to cut)

Verb[edit]

cope (third-person singular simple present copes, present participle coping, simple past and past participle coped)

  1. To deal effectively with something difficult.
    I thought I would never be able to cope with life after the amputation, but I have learned how to be happy again.
    • 2012 May 5, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool”, BBC Sport:
      Chelsea were coping comfortably as Liverpool left Luis Suarez too isolated. Steven Gerrard was also being forced to drop too deep to offer support to the beleaguered Jay Spearing and Jordan Henderson rather than add attacking potency alongside the Uruguayan.
  2. To cut and form a mitred joint in wood or metal.
  3. (falconry) To clip the beak or talons of a bird.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of J. H. Walsh to this entry?)
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Latin capa (cape)

Noun[edit]

cope (plural copes)

  1. A long, loose cloak worn by a priest or bishop on ceremonial occasions.
    • Bishop Burnet
      a hundred and sixty priests all in their copes
    • 1890, Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. XI:
      He possessed a gorgeous cope of crimson silk and gold-thread damask, figured with a repeating pattern of golden pomegranates set in six-petalled formal blossoms, beyond which on either side was the pine-apple device wrought in seed-pearls.
  2. Any covering such as a canopy or a mantle.
  3. The "vault" or "canopy" of the skies, heavens etc.
    • Milton
      the starry cope of heaven
    • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.12:
      Who perceiveth and seeth himselfe placed here, [] farthest from heavens coape, with those creatures, that are the worst of the three conditions; and yet dareth imaginarily place himselfe above the circle of the Moone, and reduce heaven under his feet.
  4. (construction) A covering piece on top of a wall exposed to the weather, usually made of metal, masonry, or stone and sloped to carry off water.
  5. (foundry) The top part of a sand casting mold.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Knight to this entry?)
    (Can we find and add a quotation of De Colange to this entry?)
  6. An ancient tribute due to the lord of the soil, out of the lead mines in Derbyshire, England.
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Verb[edit]

cope (third-person singular simple present copes, present participle coping, simple past and past participle coped)

  1. (transitive) To cover (a joint or structure) with coping.
  2. (intransitive) To form a cope or arch; to bend or arch; to bow.
    • Holland
      Some bending down and coping to ward the earth.
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Etymology 3[edit]

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cope (third-person singular simple present copes, present participle coping, simple past and past participle coped)

  1. (obsolete) To bargain for; to buy.
  2. (obsolete) To exchange or barter.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Spenser to this entry?)
  3. (obsolete) To make return for; to requite; to repay.
    • Shakespeare
      Three thousand ducats due unto the Jew, / We freely cope your courteous pains withal.
  4. (obsolete) To match oneself against; to meet; to encounter.
    • Shakespeare
      I love to cope him in these sullen fits.
    • Shakespeare
      They say he yesterday coped Hector in the battle, and struck him down.
    • Philips
      Host coped with host, dire was the battle.
  5. (obsolete) To encounter; to meet; to have to do with.
    • Shakespeare
      Horatio, thou art e'en as just a man / As e'er my conversation coped withal.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

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Old French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Late Latin cuppa

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cope f (oblique plural copes, nominative singular cope, nominative plural copes)

  1. cup (vessel from which liquid is drunk)

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

cope

  1. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of copar.
  2. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of copar.
  3. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of copar.
  4. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of copar.