C c


    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [kohp]
    • /koʊp/
    • /kəʊp/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [kohp]
    • /koʊp/

Definitions of cope word

  • verb cope If you cope with a problem or task, you deal with it successfully. 3
  • verb cope If you have to cope with an unpleasant situation, you have to accept it or bear it. 3
  • verb cope If a machine or a system can cope with something, it is large enough or complex enough to deal with it satisfactorily. 3
  • countable noun cope A cope is a long sleeveless piece of clothing worn by some Christian priests on special occasions. 3
  • verb cope to contend (against) 3
  • verb cope to deal successfully with or handle a situation; manage 3

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Origin of cope

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English coupen < Anglo-French, Old French couper to strike, derivative of coup coup1

Historical Comparancy

Parts of speech for Cope


cope popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 95% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

cope usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for cope

verb cope

  • wrestle — to engage in wrestling.
  • handle — a part of a thing made specifically to be grasped or held by the hand.
  • confront — If you are confronted with a problem, task, or difficulty, you have to deal with it.
  • get by — to receive or come to have possession, use, or enjoyment of: to get a birthday present; to get a pension.
  • grapple — to hold or make fast to something, as with a grapple.

noun cope

  • tippet — a scarf, usually of fur or wool, for covering the neck, or the neck and shoulders, and usually having ends hanging down in front. Compare stole2 (def 2).
  • peak — the pointed top of a mountain or ridge.
  • tabard — a loose outer garment, sleeveless or with short sleeves, especially one worn by a knight over his armor and usually emblazoned with his arms.
  • bertha — a wide deep capelike collar, often of lace, usually to cover up a low neckline
  • manteau — a mantle or cloak, especially one worn by women.

Antonyms for cope

verb cope

  • refuse — to decline to accept (something offered): to refuse an award.
  • retreat — the forced or strategic withdrawal of an army or an armed force before an enemy, or the withdrawing of a naval force from action.
  • surrender — to yield (something) to the possession or power of another; deliver up possession of on demand or under duress: to surrender the fort to the enemy; to surrender the stolen goods to the police.
  • hold — to have or keep in the hand; keep fast; grasp: She held the purse in her right hand. He held the child's hand in his.
  • keep — to hold or retain in one's possession; hold as one's own: If you like it, keep it. Keep the change.

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