Definition of cope verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

  

cope

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//kəʊp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//koʊp//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they cope
BrE BrE//kəʊp//
 
; NAmE NAmE//koʊp//
 
he / she / it copes
BrE BrE//kəʊps//
 
; NAmE NAmE//koʊps//
 
past simple coped
BrE BrE//kəʊpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//koʊpt//
 
past participle coped
BrE BrE//kəʊpt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//koʊpt//
 
-ing form coping
BrE BrE//ˈkəʊpɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈkoʊpɪŋ//
 
 
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 [intransitive] to deal successfully with something difficult synonym manage I got to the stage where I wasn't coping any more. cope with something He wasn't able to cope with the stresses and strains of the job. Desert plants are adapted to cope with extreme heat. Word Originverb 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’.Extra examples She copes very well under pressure. She had to cope without any help. She is unable to cope with her increasing workload. She was struggling to cope with the demands of a new baby. Some people find unemployment very difficult to cope with. Will the prison system cope adequately with the increasing numbers of prisoners? a way of coping with bereavement Everyone finds different ways of coping with bereavement. He wasn’t able to cope with the stresses and strains of the job. I got to the stage where I just couldn’t cope any more. In heavy rain the system can’t cope and it floods. The family is learning to cope without a car.
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