copy

noun
\ ˈkä-pē How to pronounce copy (audio) \
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

Where: Revolution Hall, 1300 S.E. Stark St. Tickets: $38 (includes copy of book); revolutionhall.com or 877-435-9849. Ron Charles | The Washington Post, oregonlive.com, "Elizabeth Gilbert will visit Portland to discuss her new novel, ‘City of Girls,’ about a young woman’s summer of sex," 7 June 2019 Anyone can request a free copy of the film at jsonline.com/yourenotalone. Rory Linnane, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'Kids in Crisis' film on youth mental health attracts national attention with DVD giveaway, NewsHour segment," 7 June 2019 According to someone who knew Beierle back then and provided a copy of the manuscript, the characters, with names slightly changed, were their real classmates. Steve Hendrix, Anchorage Daily News, "He always hated women. Then he decided to kill them.," 7 June 2019 You might be asked to submit a copy of your 1099 or 501(c) 3 to verify nonprofit status. Bay Area News Group, The Mercury News, "What’s Happening sports briefs for June 7," 6 June 2019 If so, please provide copies of all memoranda, notes or other materials discussing this issue. Graham Kates, CBS News, "Elizabeth Warren, Pramila Jayapal "investigate" John Kelly's role with company that houses migrant kids," 6 June 2019 And in the cafe’s bookshelves, nobody had bought a copy of the report, a hefty doorstop being offered up for $15. Steve Rubenstein, SFChronicle.com, "Reading between the redactions — the Mueller report, live in San Francisco," 6 June 2019 Fresh looks For the first time in the women’s game, many of the players’ kits will feature a unique design rather than being a copy of the country’s men’s uniforms. Siobhan Morrin, Time, "5 Big Stories to Watch in the Women's World Cup," 5 June 2019 Tickets for the appearance are $13.99 (buy them online), including a copy of the book. John Timpane, https://www.inquirer.com, "Readings by authors in Philly this summer: Jennifer Weiner, Richard Russo, and more," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

StreetLights' architects wisely didn't try to copy the Esquire's old neon covered façade. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Oak Lawn tower plan pays homage to Dallas' long-lost Esquire Theater," 6 June 2019 Books were copied by hand, so individual scribes made choices, sometimes picking particular spellings to serve a creative function. Melissa Mohr, The Christian Science Monitor, "You say pitato …," 5 Apr. 2018 Tunheim traveled to Minsk in Belarus and tried to copy the entire Oswald surveillance record. Anchorage Daily News, "Newly released documents haven't quelled JFK conspiracy theories; focus likely to move overseas," 19 Feb. 2018 In 1997 Arizona adopted the first state tax-credit scholarship program, which Jeb Bush as Governor of Florida copied four years later. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "The School Choice Election Bonus," 13 Nov. 2018 The vlogger also came for Kylie's 30-shade concealer collection, accusing her of copying his liquid lipstick packaging. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Every Time Jeffree Star Has Publicly Feuded With the Kardashian/Jenner Family," 18 Mar. 2019 As vehicle-warranty administrator, Mr. Mort spends his time copying serial numbers, submitting warranty repair orders, tracking claims, and managing databases. Eric Morath, WSJ, "America’s Hidden Workforce Returns," 26 Jan. 2019 This low-maintenance outfit is probably already on your closet, so if you're strapped for time, just copy Ciara's look. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Instagram-Worthy Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans," 8 Jan. 2019 According to Ferguson’s complaint, Epic is copying videos frame-by-frame to create the dances, a case of straightforward copying. Nick Statt, The Verge, "Fortnite keeps stealing dances — and no one knows if it’s illegal," 20 Dec. 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 How to pronounce copy (audio) \
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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