Meaning of “cope” in the English Dictionary

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"cope" in British English

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copeverb [ I ]

uk /kəʊp/ us /koʊp/

B2 to deal successfully with a difficult situation:

It must be really hard to cope with three young children and a job.
It's only been a year since he died - how's she coping?
He had so much pressure on him in his job that eventually he just couldn't cope.

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  • Will she be able to cope with the work?
  • The hostages had been confined for so long that they couldn't cope with the outside world.
  • Get a good night's sleep and you'll feel better able to cope.
  • The teacher said that he found it difficult to cope with a class of disaffected teenagers.
  • The emergency services are working at full stretch today to cope with the accident.

(Definition of “cope” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"cope" in American English

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copeverb [ I ]

us /koʊp/

to deal with problems or difficulties, esp. with a degree of success:

Inside homes, many residents coped with broken glass and collapsed walls and chimneys.
Victims cope with feelings of anxiety, pain, anger, and fear.

(Definition of “cope” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)