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 articleremarks 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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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

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 The city did not impose any restrictions on the teen to access the money, according to a copy of the settlement agreement obtained by PolitiFact Michigan. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, "Ad attacks Oakland Co. Executive Coulter on policing in Ferndale: We fact-checked it," 30 July 2020 Pender alleged to the council that Grant sometimes yelled at the top of his lungs and threatened employees with physical harm, according to a copy of the complaint shared with The Post. Washington Post, "This small-city mayor has drawn headlines for years. Now he’s on leave and accused of harassment.," 30 July 2020 The Love & Hip Hop star, 35, filed a request of dismissal on July 6 in Los Angeles Superior Court, according to a copy of the filing obtained by PEOPLE on Monday. Ashley Boucher, PEOPLE.com, "Princess Love Files Request to Dismiss Divorce from Husband Ray J 2 Months After Filing," 13 July 2020 According to a copy of an operation and maintenance plan provided to attorneys Wednesday by Fisher Industries, in addition to the inspection ordered, the company plans quarterly inspections as well as extra checkups after large storms. Jeremy Schwartz, ProPublica, "Eroding Private Border Wall To Get an Engineering Inspection Just Months After Completion," 9 July 2020 The Oregonian/OregonLive obtained a copy of the memo, which describes a company at a critical juncture after a year of disappointing financial results. oregonlive, "New Relic CEO scolds employees in internal memo: ‘We are a company with an urgent need to get back on track’," 3 July 2020 The Washington Free Beacon and other outlets obtained a copy of Ocasio-Cortez's letter, which was also signed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. Fox News, "AOC letter on West Bank annexation boasts support from anti-Israel groups," 2 July 2020 The Associated Press obtained a copy of the report ahead of its publication. USA TODAY, "Government report says Boeing of withholding details on 737 Max changes as recertification flights begin," 1 July 2020 The Courier Journal obtained a copy of the letter from a spokesman for Republican Senate leadership. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "Senate GOP leaders: Kentucky education officials failing to prepare schools for reopening," 19 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Resist the temptation to copy and paste other organizations’ programs and policies. Erin L. Thomas, Quartz at Work, "How to turn corporate antiracism from promise to practice," 30 July 2020 Facebook, the dominant force in social media, has tried to copy the app, but so far that has not slowed down its rapid rise. Brian Fung, CNN, "TikTok is a national security threat, politicians say. Here's what experts think," 9 July 2020 Or in the case of retrotransposons, copy them, via an RNA-intermediate, into new locations, increasing the overall size of the genome. Megan Molteni, Wired, "This Company Wants to Rewrite the Future of Genetic Disease," 7 July 2020 All kinds of sensitive information, including account passwords, often reside on a device's clipboard after users copy it from one field to paste it somewhere else. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Trump administration “looking into” ban on TikTok, other Chinese apps," 7 July 2020 An Early Warning Like other viruses, the pathogen causing COVID-19 cannot copy itself. Peter Andrey Smith, Scientific American, "To Spot Future Coronavirus Flare-Ups, Search the Sewers," 30 June 2020 Antivirals have two common targets: polymerases, the enzymes a virus needs to copy its genome, and proteases, those needed to cut larger proteins into smaller, functional fragments. William A. Haseltine, Scientific American, "Lessons for COVID-19 from the Early Days of AIDS," 6 July 2020 The machinery used by many of these viruses to copy their genomes is particularly sloppy, which means that errors—new mutations—can quickly accrue, raising the odds of hitting upon mutations that allow the virus to switch hosts. Rachel Ehrenberg, Ars Technica, "The bat-virus détente," 3 July 2020 The drug interferes with the coronavirus's ability to copy its genetic material. CBS News, "Gilead's remdesivir will cost $3,120 for patients with private insurance," 29 June 2020

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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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The first known use of copy was in the 14th century

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3 Aug 2020

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“Copy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/copy. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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copy

noun
How to pronounce copy (audio)

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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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.

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