copy

noun
\ ˈkä-pē \
plural copies

Definition of copy 

(Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

3 archaic : something to be imitated : model

4a : 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 : duplicate sense 1a a copy of a computer file a copy of a gene

copy

verb
copied; copying; copies

Definition of copy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make a copy or duplicate of copy a document copy a computer file

2 : to model oneself on

3 in radio/military communications : to acknowledge receipt of (a message) The operator of the Titanic was busy figuring his accounts and did not bother to copy the message. A little later in the afternoon, another ship named the Baltic called the Titanic to tell her about icebergs that were in her way. —Rev. Robert P. Lawrence

intransitive verb

1 : to make a copy

2 : to undergo copying the map did not copy well

3 in radio/military communications : to acknowledge receipt and understanding of a message "Block the road with your car. Take no other action. … No resistance, do you copy? Over." —Stephen King

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Choose the Right Synonym for copy

Noun

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

Verb

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

Verb

copy, imitate, and mimic mean to make something so that it resembles something else. copy means trying to duplicate a thing as much as possible. Copy this drawing exactly. imitate means that a person uses something as an example but does not try to make an exact copy. They imitated the actions of their parents. mimic means carefully copying something (as a person's voice) often for the purpose of making fun of it. The comedian mimicked a popular singer.

Examples of copy in a Sentence

Noun

The novel has sold more than a million copies. She got a job writing advertising copy. All copy must be submitted by 5 p.m.

Verb

She copied the design on a piece of paper. Copy the file to your hard drive. The bills are designed to prevent copying by counterfeiters. We caught him copying the answers out of the book. We caught him copying out of the book. The speech was copied word for word. His music was copied widely. Their competitors soon copied the idea.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

They will be offered every half hour through 3:30 p.m. The boat is a copy of the Viking ship Gokstad, built around 850. Michelle Mullins, Elgin Courier-News, "Elgin News Digest," 13 July 2018 The building manager was advised to bring in a copy of the home’s policies. Hank Beckman, chicagotribune.com, "La Grange police blotter: Residents report two people in car pointed guns at them," 13 July 2018 Keith sent copies to every state representative and senator who did not yet support sensible limits to gun ownership. courant.com, "Keith and Audrey Dubay," 12 July 2018 Records show that Lozito and SAPD Deputy Chief Jimmy Reyes exchanged emails in November 2016, in which Lozito sent Reyes a copy of the facility’s floor plans. Jasper Scherer, San Antonio Express-News, "Tour of new intake center renews rift between officials," 11 July 2018 The Project on Government Oversight, a government watchdog organization, got a copy of the testing schedule and spoke to anonymous persons close to the event. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The Long Awaited A-10 vs.-F-35 Flyoff Is Off to a Sketchy Start," 11 July 2018 But Eden still gets to play a major role in the finale, thanks to something June finds in her belongings: a copy of the Bible, covered in Eden’s own notes and annotations. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Handmaid's Tale Season 2 Finale Offers a Light in the Darkness," 11 July 2018 The relatives contacted a lawyer there and sent him copies of the children’s birth certificates. Annie Correal, New York Times, "Parents and Children Remain Separated by Miles and Bureaucracy," 30 June 2018 The relatives contacted a lawyer there and sent him copies of the children’s birth certificates. Annie Correal, BostonGlobe.com, "Parents, children remain separated by miles and bureaucracy," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The robot draws on a databank of recipes that are records of the actions of a human master chef collected by a motion-capture system, so that the machine can copy them exactly—whisking eggs, slicing onions or frying bacon like a pro. The Economist, "The rise of the robochef," 12 July 2018 To simply copy them would be almost an insult to their sacrifice. Douglas Perry, OregonLive.com, "Woodburn teenager arrested after allegedly making school-shooting threats on Snapchat," 23 May 2018 While Markle is busy switching up her look, brides all over the world will be taking her official royal wedding portraits to their hairdresser asking to copy her look. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle Just Ditched Her Favorite Messy Bun For A Sleek Version," 22 May 2018 One laced his hands behind his head and knelt; the other two then copied him. Katherine Reynolds Lewis, The Atlantic, "One Ohio School’s Quest to Rethink Bad Behavior," 8 May 2018 If the above tip didn’t work, first back-up your photos and videos to a different cloud provider – like Dropbox, Google Drive, or OneDrive – or copy them to a flash or hard drive. Marc Saltzman, USA TODAY, "Your iPhone says you've run out of storage, and you've just deleted tons of photos," 7 May 2018 People copy you when its safer to do so and, well, even the most unifying and exuberant personality has its expiration date. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "With a talented young cast, set in the early days of rock 'n' roll, 'Memphis' just works," 25 Apr. 2018 And in that case, people today also ought to able to remember and copy them. Michael Erard, Science | AAAS, "Is this 100,000-year-old hashtag the first human symbol—or just a pretty decoration?," 20 Apr. 2018 The program made headlines recently when Uninterrupted accused the University of Alabama of copying it. Joey Morona, cleveland.com, "LeBron James, Draymond Green team up again for Uninterrupted series 'Trophies'," 18 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of copy

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for copy

Noun

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

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copy

noun

English Language Learners Definition of copy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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.

copy

verb

English Language Learners Definition of copy (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

copy

noun
\ ˈkä-pē \
plural copies

Kids Definition of copy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : something that is made to look exactly like something else : duplicate a copy of a letter a copy of a painting

2 : one of the total number of books, magazines, or papers printed at one time She owns a copy of a popular atlas.

3 : written material to be published

copy

verb
copied; copying

Kids Definition of copy (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to make a duplicate of

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