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noun \ˈkä-pē\

Simple Definition of copy

  • : something that is or looks exactly or almost exactly like something else : a version of something that is identical or almost identical to the original

  • : one of the many books, magazines, albums, DVDs, etc., that are exactly the same and are produced to be sold or given to the public

  • : written information that is to be published in a newspaper, magazine, etc.

Full Definition of copy

plural cop·ies

  1. 1 :  an imitation, transcript, or reproduction of an original work (as a letter, a painting, a table, or a dress)

  2. 2 :  one of a series of especially mechanical reproductions of an original impression; also :  an individual example of such a reproduction

  3. 3 archaic :  something to be imitated :  model

  4. 4 a :  matter to be set especially for printing b :  something considered printable or newsworthy —used without an article <remarks that make good copy — Norman Cousins> c :  text especially of an advertisement

  5. 5 :  duplicate 1a <a copy of a computer file> <a copy of a gene>

Examples of copy

  1. The novel has sold more than a million copies.

  2. She got a job writing advertising copy.

  3. All copy must be submitted by 5 p.m.

Origin of copy

Middle English copie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin copia, from Latin, abundance — more at copious

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of copy

reproduction, duplicate, copy, facsimile, replica mean a thing made to closely resemble another. reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing <reproductions from the museum's furniture collection>. duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing <a duplicate of a house key>. copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically <printed 1000 copies of the lithograph>. facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale <a facsimile of a rare book>. replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details <a replica of the Mayflower> but not always in the same scale <miniature replicas of classic cars>.




Simple Definition of copy

  • : to make a version of (something) that is exactly or almost exactly like the original : to make a copy or duplicate of (something)

  • : to write (something) down exactly as it appears somewhere else

  • : to use (someone else's words or ideas) as your own

Full Definition of copy


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make a copy or duplicate of <copy a document> <copy a computer file>

  3. 2 :  to model oneself on

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to make a copy

  6. 2 :  to undergo copying <the map did not copy well>

Examples of copy

  1. She copied the design on a piece of paper.

  2. Copy the file to your hard drive.

  3. The bills are designed to prevent copying by counterfeiters.

  4. We caught him copying the answers out of the book.

  5. We caught him copying out of the book.

  6. The speech was copied word for word.

  7. His music was copied widely.

  8. Their competitors soon copied the idea.

14th Century

First Known Use of copy

14th century

Synonym Discussion of copy

copy, imitate, mimic, ape, mock mean to make something so that it resembles an existing thing. copy suggests duplicating an original as nearly as possible <copied the painting and sold the fake as an original>. imitate suggests following a model or a pattern but may allow for some variation <imitate a poet's style>. mimic implies a close copying (as of voice or mannerism) often for fun, ridicule, or lifelike imitation <pupils mimicking their teacher>. ape may suggest presumptuous, slavish, or inept imitating of a superior original <American fashion designers aped their European colleagues>. mock usually implies imitation with derision <mocking a vain man's pompous manner>.

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February 6, 2016

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