- 1(Of a person) deal effectively with something difficult: his ability to cope with stress it all got too much for me and I couldn’t copeMore example sentences
manage, survive, subsist, look after oneself, fend for oneself, carry on, get by/through, bear up, hold one's own, keep one's end up, keep one's head above water• informal make it, hack itdeal with, handle, manage, address, face (up to), confront, tackle, come to grips with, get through, weather, come to terms with
- All I can say about it is nice people are easy to deal with and unpleasant people are much more difficult to cope with.
- Urban and rural dwellers have adopted creative survival strategies, that have helped them cope with difficult times.
- In a police interview the 39-year-old unemployed man, who is not being identified for legal reasons, admitted he found it difficult to cope with the children.
- 1.1(Of a machine or system) have the capacity to deal successfully with: the roads are barely adequate to cope with the present trafficMore example sentences
- At this time of year, we are at our most busiest and occasionally, we get more film in than the printer processing machine can cope with.
- This is not to say the court system couldn't cope with some reform to deal with new situations.
- Research indicates that something as simple as drinking a liter of sports drink per hour appears to help the immune system cope with intense exercise.
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- Once upon a time, nannies were the carers and the copers for middle-class families whose parents had opted out.
- "Usually he's incredibly positive, a coper."
- Those oldest old are optimistic, committed to something interesting, are actively mobile, and good copers with life.
Middle English (in the sense 'meet in battle, come to blows'): from Old French coper, colper, from cop, colp 'a blow', via Latin from Greek kolaphos 'blow with the fist'.
- 1A long, loose cloak worn by a priest or bishop on ceremonial occasions.More example sentences
- Here she was vested in her robes of state and was met by the bishop who was to perform the ceremony, with all the chapel Royal in their copes, the bishop mitred.
- Made between 1300 and 1320, the cope would have been worn by a high-ranking priest or bishop.
- Saints embroidered in metallic and silk threads decorate the orphrey, the ornamental band along the top of the cope as pictured here.