Saturday, January 10, 2009

Word of the week 12 - 18 January 2009 COPE

To succeed in dealing with a difficult problem or situation.

Synonyms: handle, manage

  • intransitive

The tyres on my car don't cope very well on wet roads.

He had so much pressure on him in his job that eventually he just couldn't cope.

  • transitive (cope with)

She feared she wouldn't be able to cope with two new babies.

Local authorities have to cope with the problems of homelessness.

No system is designed to cope with the floods we have had this year.

My computer can cope with huge amounts of data.

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