duplicate

adjective
du·​pli·​cate | \ ˈdü-pli-kət How to pronounce duplicate (audio) also ˈdyü- \

Definition of duplicate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : consisting of or existing in two corresponding or identical parts or examples duplicate invoices
2 : being the same as another duplicate copies

duplicate

verb
du·​pli·​cate | \ ˈdü-pli-ˌkāt How to pronounce duplicate (audio) also ˈdyü- \
duplicated; duplicating

Definition of duplicate (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : to make double or twofold
2a : 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

intransitive verb

: to become duplicated also : repeat

duplicate

noun
du·​pli·​cate | \ ˈdü-pli-kət How to pronounce duplicate (audio) also ˈdyü- \

Definition of duplicate (Entry 3 of 3)

1a : either of two things exactly alike and usually produced at the same time or by the same process
b : an additional copy of something (such as a book or stamp) already in a collection
2 : one that resembles or corresponds to another : counterpart
3 : two identical copies used in the phrase in duplicate

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Verb

duplicative \ ˈdü-​pli-​ˌkā-​tiv How to pronounce duplicate (audio) also  ˈdyü-​ \ adjective

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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

Examples of duplicate in a Sentence

Adjective 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
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Hundreds of duplicate entries sounds like a nightmare problem to try to solve manually, but luckily there is an option for automating it. Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 The planned requirements largely duplicate practices long in place in the industry, Ms. Kahanek said. Dustin Volz, WSJ, 6 Oct. 2021 This scam involves cloning or obtaining a duplicate SIM card, which allows the fraudster to obtain spoofed identity information and receive SMS transactions. Shanmugavel Sankaran, Forbes, 5 Oct. 2021 There's no need to enter multiple times and duplicate entries will be removed before the drawing. Jackie Borchardt, The Enquirer, 4 Oct. 2021 There are several duplicate photo options online, some of which automatically remove screenshots, blurred photos and other clutter in a snap. Liz Lanier, Time, 22 Sep. 2021 Later, Fann pointed to issues with duplicate ballots and chain of custody identified by Senate liaison and former Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett as matters the AG should take up. Jen Fifield, USA TODAY, 25 Sep. 2021 Fontes said some critiques and concerns raised in the report, such as the potential for duplicate votes, reflected a lack of knowledge about how the county conducts elections. BostonGlobe.com, 24 Sep. 2021 Because the unit couldn’t quickly share information about cases, duplicate investigations could be launched. Washington Post, 21 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The jury remains out if Clarkston can duplicate its 2017, 2014 and 2013 Division 1 state championship runs. Brad Emons, Detroit Free Press, 18 Sep. 2021 Lopez was a workhorse at quarterback, and the offensive line seemed to wear down the Burbank defensive front in the fourth quarter — a strategy Edison can duplicate in the future. Zach Mason, San Antonio Express-News, 18 Sep. 2021 On top of his obvious skills, his leadership qualities will be hard to duplicate. BostonGlobe.com, 11 Sep. 2021 The new sound system allows the 100-seat Timucua hall to acoustically duplicate the best environment for a genre of music with a few taps on a numerical keypad. Matthew J. Palm, orlandosentinel.com, 27 Aug. 2021 The award was for a classic act of bravery of the sort that Sliwa has seemingly been trying to duplicate ever since. Tom Robbins, The New Yorker, 27 Aug. 2021 Sometimes trying to duplicate a fragment cadence for dramatic effect ends up sounding more like a tongue twister than the intended sharp jab. Shamira Ibrahim, Vulture, 11 July 2021 For all the aspects of the Houston Astros’ success that the Orioles are trying to duplicate in their rebuild, there is one in particular manager Brandon Hyde has fixated on of late: plate discipline. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 27 June 2021 Gathered together, centenarians will be large enough in numbers to duplicate the population of Milwaukee, the 30th largest city in America. Scott Burns, Dallas News, 29 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The Miami Dolphins followed up last week’s joint practices and preseason game against the Chicago Bears with a duplicate set against the Atlanta Falcons, who Miami will face at 7 p.m. Saturday inside Hard Rock Stadium. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, 20 Aug. 2021 And using this technology to solve the insurance duplicate fraud problem is not theoretical. Richard Gendal Brown, Forbes, 10 May 2021 On first glance, Jose was a physical duplicate of Johan Santana, not tall, but an athlete. Star Tribune, 30 July 2021 Breon wanted use that bunny sculpture by making a duplicate and mounting it on a light post. Washington Post, 22 July 2021 But even that does not fully capture the extent of the duplicate counts. San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2021 Ballots unreadable by machines are duplicated by bipartisan teams, with the original set aside and the duplicate counted. CBS News, 16 July 2021 If one module is damaged, it can be replaced with a duplicate-like changing a fender on a car—without keeping a valuable plane out of service for time-taking repairs. Sheldon M. Gallager, Popular Mechanics, 11 July 2021 The goal is to be a more effective version of themselves, not a duplicate of someone else. Ryan Lahti, Forbes, 22 June 2021

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First Known Use of duplicate

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for duplicate

Adjective

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

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The first known use of duplicate was in the 15th century

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12 Oct 2021

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“Duplicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/duplicate. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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duplicate

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of duplicate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

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

duplicate

verb

English Language Learners Definition of duplicate (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make an exact copy of (something)
: to produce (something) in another form

duplicate

noun

English Language Learners Definition of duplicate (Entry 3 of 3)

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

duplicate

adjective
du·​pli·​cate | \ ˈdü-pli-kət How to pronounce duplicate (audio) , ˈdyü- \

Kids Definition of duplicate

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: exactly the same as another duplicate copies

duplicate

verb
du·​pli·​cate | \ ˈdü-pli-ˌkāt How to pronounce duplicate (audio) , ˈdyü- \
duplicated; duplicating

Kids Definition of duplicate (Entry 2 of 3)

: to make an exact copy of

duplicate

noun
du·​pli·​cate | \ ˈdü-pli-kət How to pronounce duplicate (audio) , ˈdyü- \

Kids Definition of duplicate (Entry 3 of 3)

: a thing that is exactly like another

duplicate

intransitive verb
du·​pli·​cate | \ ˈd(y)ü-pli-ˌkāt How to pronounce duplicate (audio) \
duplicated; duplicating

Medical Definition of duplicate

: to become duplicate : replicate DNA in chromosomes duplicates

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duplicate

transitive verb
du·​pli·​cate | \ ˈdü-pli-ˌkāt, ˈdyü- How to pronounce duplicate (audio) \
duplicated; duplicating

Legal Definition of duplicate

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make a duplicate of

Other Words from duplicate

duplicative \ -​ˌkā-​tiv How to pronounce duplicate (audio) \ adjective

duplicate

noun
du·​pli·​cate | \ ˈdü-pli-kət, ˈdyü- How to pronounce duplicate (audio) \

Legal Definition of duplicate (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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