cope

If you are able to cope with something, you are able to deal with it. If you can cope with waiting in long lines, you'll get the best seats. If you can cope with the stress, you will be excellent at defusing bombs.

From the Old French couper, cope means “come to blows with." Coping can imply struggle, but it’s usually met with success or at the very least, not failure. Another word to describe the balancing act of a mother who takes care of three children while also working part-time and pursuing a graduate degree is coping. “Understanding does not cure evil, but it is a definite help, inasmuch as one can cope with a comprehensible darkness,” warns Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung.

Primary Meanings of cope

1.
v
come to terms with
2.
n
a long cloak; worn by a priest or bishop on ceremonial occasions
3.
n
brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall
Full Definitions of cope
1

v come to terms with

Synonyms:
contend, deal, get by, grapple, make do, make out, manage
Types:
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extemporize, improvise
manage in a makeshift way; do with whatever is at hand
fend
try to manage without help
cut, hack
be able to manage or manage successfully
rub along, scrape along, scrape by, scratch along, squeak by, squeeze by
manage one's existence barely
cope with, match, meet
satisfy or fulfill
Type of:
act, move
perform an action, or work out or perform (an action)
2

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

Type of:
cloak
a loose outer garment
3

n brick that is laid sideways at the top of a wall

Synonyms:
coping, header
Type of:
brick
rectangular block of clay baked by the sun or in a kiln; used as a building or paving material

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