- 1 English
- 2 Friulian
- 3 Middle English
- 4 Old French
- 5 Spanish
- (intransitive) 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”, in 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.
- To cut and form a mitred joint in wood or metal.
- (falconry) To clip the beak or talons of a bird.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of J. H. Walsh to this entry?)
- (to deal effectively with): lose one's shit
cope (plural copes)
- 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.
- Bishop Burnet
- Any covering such as a canopy or a mantle.
- The "vault" or "canopy" of the skies, heavens etc.
- the starry cope of heaven
- 1603, John Florio, transl.; Michel de Montaigne, The Essayes, […], printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821:, 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.
- (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.
- (foundry) The top part of a sand casting mold.
- An ancient tribute due to the lord of the soil, out of the lead mines in Derbyshire, England.
- (transitive) To cover (a joint or structure) with coping.
- (intransitive) To form a cope or arch; to bend or arch; to bow.
- Some bending down and coping to ward the earth.
- (obsolete) To bargain for; to buy.
- (obsolete) To exchange or barter.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)
- (obsolete) To make return for; to requite; to repay.
- Three thousand ducats due unto the Jew, / We freely cope your courteous pains withal.
- (obsolete) To match oneself against; to meet; to encounter.
- I love to cope him in these sullen fits.
- They say he yesterday coped Hector in the battle, and struck him down.
- Host coped with host, dire was the battle.
- (obsolete) To encounter; to meet; to have to do with.
- 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.
(See the entry for cope in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)
cope f (plural copes)
cope (plural copes)
- A cape or cloak; a loose-fitting outer layer.
- A cope; a cape used by clerics and priests, especially that worn by mendicants or monastics.
- Any sort of covering or cover, especially the heavens.
- cup (vessel from which liquid is drunk)
- French: coupe