What does cope mean?

Definitions for copekoʊp

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word cope.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. header, coping, cope(noun)

    brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall

  2. cope(verb)

    a long cloak; worn by a priest or bishop on ceremonial occasions

  3. cope, get by, make out, make do, contend, grapple, deal, manage(verb)

    come to terms with

    "We got by on just a gallon of gas"; "They made do on half a loaf of bread every day"

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cope(noun)

    a covering for the head

  2. Cope(noun)

    anything regarded as extended over the head, as the arch or concave of the sky, the roof of a house, the arch over a door

  3. Cope(noun)

    an ecclesiastical vestment or cloak, semicircular in form, reaching from the shoulders nearly to the feet, and open in front except at the top, where it is united by a band or clasp. It is worn in processions and on some other occasions

  4. Cope(noun)

    an ancient tribute due to the lord of the soil, out of the lead mines in Derbyshire, England

  5. Cope(noun)

    the top part of a flask or mold; the outer part of a loam mold

  6. Cope(verb)

    to form a cope or arch; to bend or arch; to bow

  7. Cope(verb)

    to pare the beak or talons of (a hawk)

  8. Cope(verb)

    to exchange or barter

  9. Cope(verb)

    to encounter; to meet; to have to do with

  10. Cope(verb)

    to enter into or maintain a hostile contest; to struggle; to combat; especially, to strive or contend on equal terms or with success; to match; to equal; -- usually followed by with

  11. Cope(verb)

    to bargain for; to buy

  12. Cope(verb)

    to make return for; to requite; to repay

  13. Cope(verb)

    to match one's self against; to meet; to encounter

  14. Origin: [OE. copen, coupen, to buy, bargain, prob. from D. koopen to buy, orig., to bargain. See Cheap.]


  1. Cope

    The cope is a liturgical vestment, more precisely a long mantle or cloak, open in front and fastened at the breast with a band or clasp. It may be of any liturgical colour. A cope may be worn by any rank of the clergy, and also by lay ministers in certain circumstances. If worn by a bishop, it is generally accompanied by a mitre. The clasp, which is often highly ornamented, is called a morse. In art, angels are often shown wearing copes, especially in Early Netherlandish painting.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cope

    kōp, n. a covering: a cap or hood: anything spread overhead: a coping: an ecclesiastical vestment worn over the alb or surplice in processions, at solemn lauds and vespers, but not by the celebrant at mass, semicircular, without sleeves and with a hood, fastened across the breast with a clasp or morse, the straight edge usually ornamented with a broad orphrey.—v.t. to cover with a cope.—ns. Cope′-stone, Cop′ing-stone, the stone which copes or tops a wall; Cop′ing, the covering course of masonry of a wall. [From root of Cap.]

  2. Cope

    kōp, v.t. to barter or exchange. [Cf. Dut. koopen.]

  3. Cope

    kōp, v.i. to contend.—v.t. to vie with, esp. on equal terms or successfully: to match.—n. Copes′mate (Shak.), a companion. [Fr. couper—L. colaphus, a blow with the fist.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cope' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2705

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cope' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1707

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'cope' in Verbs Frequency: #397


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cope in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cope in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jessica Lynch:

    I still don't cope well, to this day, with losing Lori.

  2. Lily Tomlin:

    Reality is the crutch for people who can't cope with drugs.

  3. Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic:

    Austria is a bigger country, but they also have their limitations to cope.

  4. Vikrant Parsai:

    Don't ever in life feel you have lost hope, GOD didn't place us here without ways to cope.

  5. Noboru Iki:

    This was a good measure to cope with the aging of local farmers and their lack of successors.

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