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duplicate

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adjective du·pli·cate \ˈdü-pli-kət also ˈdyü-\

Simple Definition of duplicate

  • : exactly the same as something else : made as an exact copy of something else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of duplicate

  1. 1 :  consisting of or existing in two corresponding or identical parts or examples <duplicate invoices>

  2. 2 :  being the same as another <duplicate copies>

Examples of duplicate in a sentence

  1. I began receiving duplicate copies of the magazine every month.

  2. I had a duplicate key made.



Origin and Etymology of duplicate

Middle English, from Latin duplicatus, past participle of duplicare to double, from duplic-, duplex


First Known Use: 15th century


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duplicate

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verb du·pli·cate \ˈdü-pli-ˌkāt also ˈdyü-\

Simple Definition of duplicate

  • : to make an exact copy of (something)

  • : to produce (something) in another form

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of duplicate

duplicated

duplicating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to make double or twofold

  3. 2 a :  to make a copy of <a cell duplicates itself when it divides> b :  to produce something equal to <trying to duplicate last year's success> c :  to do over or again often needlessly <duplicated effort>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to become duplicated; also :  repeat

duplicative

play \-ˌkā-tiv\ adjective

Examples of duplicate in a sentence

  1. She duplicated the video to give to family and friends.

  2. Unfortunately, the results of the first study could not be duplicated.



15th Century

First Known Use of duplicate

15th century


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duplicate

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noun du·pli·cate \-kət\

Simple Definition of duplicate

  • : something that is exactly the same as something else : an exact copy of something else

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of duplicate

  1. 1 a :  either of two things exactly alike and usually produced at the same time or by the same process b :  an additional copy of something (as a book or stamp) already in a collection

  2. 2 :  one that resembles or corresponds to another :  counterpart

  3. 3 :  two identical copies —used in the phrase in duplicate

Examples of duplicate in a sentence

  1. In case you lose your keys, keep a set of duplicates somewhere safe.

  2. <doll carriages that are duplicates of baby carriages>



1532

First Known Use of duplicate

1532

Synonym Discussion of duplicate

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>.


DUPLICATE Defined for Kids

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duplicate

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adjective du·pli·cate \ˈdü-pli-kət, ˈdyü-\

Definition of duplicate for Students

  1. :  exactly the same as another <duplicate copies>




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duplicate

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verb du·pli·cate \ˈdü-pli-ˌkāt, ˈdyü-\

Definition of duplicate for Students

duplicated

duplicating

  1. :  to make an exact copy of




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duplicate

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noun du·pli·cate \ˈdü-pli-kət, ˈdyü-\

Definition of duplicate for Students

  1. :  a thing that is exactly like another




Medical Dictionary

duplicate

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intransitive verb du·pli·cate \ˈd(y)ü-pli-ˌkāt\

Medical Definition of duplicate

duplicated

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duplicating

  1. :  to become duplicate :  replicate <DNA in chromosomes duplicates>




Law Dictionary

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duplicate

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transitive verb du·pli·cate \ˈdü-pli-ˌkāt, ˈdyü-\

Legal Definition of duplicate

duplicated

duplicating

  1. :  to make a duplicate of

duplicative

\-ˌkā-tiv\ play adjective



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duplicate

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noun du·pli·cate \ˈdü-pli-kət, ˈdyü-\

Legal Definition of duplicate

  1. :  either of two things exactly alike and often produced at the same time; specifically :  a counterpart identified in the Federal Rules of Evidence Rule 1001 as produced by the same impression as the original or from the same matrix or by means of photography, mechanical, or electronic rerecording, chemical reproduction, or another technique which accurately reproduces the original — compare original





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