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
I began receiving duplicate copies of the magazine every month.
I had a duplicate key made. Verb
She duplicated the video to give to family and friends.
Unfortunately, the results of the first study could not be duplicated. Noun
In case you lose your keys, keep a set of duplicates somewhere safe.
doll carriages that are duplicates of baby carriages See More
Recent Examples on the Web
The confusion over duplicate tickets — 1,600 on Friday and 110 on Saturday — caused the concerts to be delayed, Billboard reported Monday.—Los Angeles Times, 13 Dec. 2022 Often teams are being inundated with duplicate tickets that have the same root cause.—Damian Ehrlicher, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 Adding a new team that had less experience on the Diablo series with few plans for managing the integration led to difficulties around duplicate work.—Shannon Liao, Washington Post, 8 Dec. 2022 Between August 2012 and December 2018, McManus embezzled roughly $433,584 through wire transfers, duplicate paychecks and reimbursements for personal purchases to pay off his credit card expenses, according to federal authorities.—Alison Cross, Hartford Courant, 3 Dec. 2022 Their methodology for compiling the estimate seeks to eliminate duplicate data points, Curran said.—CBS News, 1 Dec. 2022 Roughly two-thirds of ballots being cast are marred by a printing error that requires election workers to hand-duplicate voters’ choices onto new ballots.—oregonlive, 17 May 2022 Sometimes flight attendants will also move passengers so that families can sit together, or to resolve a seat duplicate situation.—CNN, 23 Nov. 2022 Adkins said the archivists also clean up the microfilm during the digitization process, eliminating duplicate pages and reorienting upside-down pages.—Bill Bowden, Arkansas Online, 20 Nov. 2022
Nothing can duplicate history, but with a martini in hand, the embrace of wood-paneling and a flickering fireplace feels mighty close.—Los Angeles Times, 12 Jan. 2023 But in Brady’s case, the man who became a modern day Joe Montana at quarterback better not duplicate his idol in the broadcast booth or Fox has just flushed away a fortune.—Tim Cowlishaw, Dallas News, 9 June 2022 Philadelphia should not expect Prescott to duplicate that performance.—Dallas News, 23 Dec. 2022 The department of corrections noticed positive changes, and asked her to duplicate herself in 21 detention centers throughout Florida.—Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, 23 Sep. 2022 While a small number of laboratories claimed to reproduce the experiment, the major players in academia and industry could not duplicate it.—Tim Fitzpatrick, The Salt Lake Tribune, 13 Dec. 2022 In this third act, those brave Ukrainians may not easily duplicate their amazing advances during the second.—Josef Joffe, Time, 1 Dec. 2022 Getting closer to customers can lower shipping costs, but the strategy can also lead to duplicate costs, said Vishal Gaur, a logistics professor at Cornell University’s SC Johnson College of Business.—Liz Young, WSJ, 8 Dec. 2022 Lensa is owned by Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Prisma Labs, which also makes the Prisma app that uses AI to duplicate photos in various artistic styles.—Tatum Hunter, Washington Post, 4 Dec. 2022
There was a third check cashed by a woman for $4,700 that had never been written out by the Pepper Pike foundation, but somehow appeared to look like a duplicate of one of theirs.—Thomas Jewell, cleveland, 24 Dec. 2022 If the seller posts a photo of what is supposed to be the actual item — a puppy, say, or a designer dress — save a duplicate of the image on your computer or smartphone, then upload it to a reverse image search site.—Jon Healey, Chicago Tribune, 25 Nov. 2022 Sonali Prabhu, 25, got a pair of dupes — internet speak for a cheaper duplicate of a popular product — from Kohl’s for $50.—Madison Malone Kircher, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2022 Sabrina Eaton writes that the report found that 59% of the Public Assistance Reporting Information System alerts of potential duplicate payments were improperly addressed.—cleveland, 14 Dec. 2022 Juster then clarified the pixel was a duplicate that should have been removed in a tracking audit earlier this year.—Katie Palmer, STAT, 13 Dec. 2022 Roberto Oliveras, an officer at the Osborn Correctional Institution, was cited by DOC investigators for booking duplicate stays at hotels in Windsor, Rocky Hill, Glastonbury and the Hyatt Place Mohegan Sun in Uncasville.—Hartford Courant, 6 Dec. 2022 If the seller posts a photo of what is supposed to be the actual item — a puppy, say, or a designer dress — save a duplicate of the image on your computer or smartphone, then upload it to a reverse image search site.—Jon Healey, Chicago Tribune, 25 Nov. 2022 If the seller posts a photo of what is supposed to be the actual item — a puppy, say, or a designer dress — save a duplicate of the image on your computer or smartphone, then upload it to a reverse image search site.—Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2022 See More
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Middle English, from Latin duplicatus, past participle of duplicare to double, from duplic-, duplex
: 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