photocopy

noun
pho·​to·​copy | \ ˈfō-tə-ˌkä-pē How to pronounce photocopy (audio) \

Definition of photocopy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a copy of usually printed material made with a process in which an image is formed by the action of light usually on an electrically charged surface

photocopy

verb
photocopied; photocopying; photocopies

Definition of photocopy (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to make a photocopy of

intransitive verb

: to make a photocopy

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Other Words from photocopy

Verb

photocopier noun

Examples of photocopy in a Sentence

Noun She made a photocopy of the letter.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Trump’s lawyers say Vance sent a photocopy of a congressional subpoena seeking wide access to Trump and his family’s financial records to his accounting firm. Larry Neumeister, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Federal prosecutors join Trump to block tax return subpoena," 24 Sep. 2019 In addition to cryptocurrency, researchers have looked to apply zero-knowledge proofs to digital identification mechanisms, a secure alternative to the fog of birth certificate photocopies and smartphone photos of passports. Wired, "Hacker Lexicon: What Are Zero-Knowledge Proofs?," 14 Sep. 2019 Regardless, many originals have been removed from the Fullerton archives and replaced by photocopies (as is the case with a number of the novels) or donations from other sources. David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times, "Inside the archives — and mind — of sci-fi legend Philip K. Dick," 16 Aug. 2019 My offerings range from pulp for diapers and tissues to corrugated cardboard, photocopy paper and gypsum-facing liners for drywall. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: Tencent set to bounce back, reverse stock splits and this week's trivia," 21 July 2019 Others sell pens, food items and foreign currency while a generator powered a photocopy machine. Fox News, "'We are trapped': Zimbabwe's economic crunch hits passports," 16 June 2019 Xerox art was big then, so people would come in to make photocopies and plaster them all over. New York Times, "New Yorkers and Their ’80s Routines — Block by Block," 17 Apr. 2018 An electoral official, Saeed Kakei, said that photocopies of the ballots had been made and preserved and could be examined for the recount. New York Times, "Iraqi Court Backs Recount of All Ballots Cast in Last Month’s Elections," 21 June 2018 Uriu’s materials vary from rabbit pelts and blackberry brambles to photocopies and realistic drawings. Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, "‘The Veil’ exhibition at Bridge Productions spans ideas of what’s seen and unseen," 7 Aug. 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb If some are crisper than others, that’s an indication that parts of the document have been photocopied multiple times. Rachel Monroe, The Atlantic, "The True-Crime Writer in Cellblock B4," 16 July 2019 For example, what Xerox is to photocopy industry, Jockey is to underwear market. Sangeeta Tanwar, Quartz India, "A young, US-educated entrepreneur is giving Indian men’s underwear a makeover," 31 July 2019 Eyes are among the parts of her anatomy that C. Tara Gladden photocopied for an installation that arrays collages under black light. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Pulsating dramas of light and sound," 12 July 2019 In fact, publishers and authors whose books are photocopied or otherwise plagiarized just come to rely on Amazon even more. Kaitlyn Tiffany, Vox, "How Amazon benefits from counterfeit books," 24 June 2019 Now, prisoners receive personal pieces of mail after the staff has photocopied it. Talia Kirkland, Fox News, "Synthetic marijuana use among inmates a ‘disaster waiting to happen,’ expert says," 18 Sep. 2018 Clerks must also photocopy the identification and ask to photograph the filers. Craig R. Mccoy, Philly.com, "A Philadelphia story: Falsely declared dead, home stolen and no one will help," 29 June 2018 Another man, Trump Organization Chief Legal Officer Alan Garten, joined Schiller's team at Bornstein's office, and Bornstein's wife Melissa photocopied his business card. Anna R. Schecter /, NBC News, "Trump doc says Trump bodyguard, lawyer 'raided' his office, took medical files," 1 May 2018 One time the professor photocopied my paper and handed it out to the class, minus my name, as an exemplary essay. Longreads, "The Cold War and its Fallout," 16 June 2018

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First Known Use of photocopy

Noun

1879, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1924, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

History and Etymology for photocopy

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14 Nov 2019

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The first known use of photocopy was in 1879

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photocopy

noun
How to pronounce photocopy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of photocopy

: a paper copy of a document, picture, etc., that is made with a special machine (called a copier or photocopier)

photocopy

noun
pho·​to·​copy | \ ˈfō-tō-ˌkä-pē How to pronounce photocopy (audio) \

Kids Definition of photocopy

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a copy of usually printed material made using a process in which an image is formed by the action of light on an electrically charged surface

photocopy

verb
photocopied; photocopying

Kids Definition of photocopy (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make a photocopy of

Other Words from photocopy

photocopier noun

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