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 Just last week, the Marina del Rey company’s 3-D printers — one the size of a refrigerator, the other resembling a tall photocopy machine — were humming quietly, crafting small-scale models for a Modernist home in Santa Barbara. Los Angeles Times, "USC leads an army of architects making masks for medical workers using 3-D printers," 7 Apr. 2020 Alabama absentee voters are currently required to submit photocopies of their photo identification as well as sign the absentee ballot before a notary or two witnesses. USA TODAY, "Busy beaches, open malls, mask frustration: News from around our 50 states," 4 May 2020 Another room features a picture of Franny and the walls and windows are covered with photocopies and Post-It notes, a nod to the evidence walls Carrie built early in the show's run. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "'Homeland' recap: Did Carrie kill Saul? More big revelations from Showtime's series finale," 27 Apr. 2020 Some physicians still require patients to pick up computer disks — or even photocopies — of their records in person. Natasha Singer, New York Times, "New Data Rules Could Empower Patients but Undermine Their Privacy," 9 Mar. 2020 They were also discovered in what’s called snapshot forms, essentially a photocopy of a report that officers fill out on their mobile computers, intended to be a backup to the report.. oregonlive, "Portland police discovered nearly 100 reports still contain gang designations, despite pledge to purge them in 2017," 7 Mar. 2020 In a signal of how little importance Johnson attached to it, Downing Street sent a photocopy by email to the EU, and the Prime Minister didn't even sign it. Rob Picheta, CNN, "What happened with Brexit on Super Saturday, and what happens next?," 19 Oct. 2019 Within 10 days following the holiday, customers must mail a receipt, photocopy of a valid driver’s license, and PayPal associated email address to the office at 332 Minnesota St. Suite W1080, St. Paul to get reimbursed. Deanna Weniger, Twin Cities, "Options abound for NYE revelers getting home; consequences for those who choose to drink and drive," 31 Dec. 2019 Jemison and Cyrus display photocopies of African-American periodicals published between 1915 and 1922. BostonGlobe.com, "“A book is a sequence of spaces.," 12 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Encourage congregants to bring their own or photocopy or project prayers and texts. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Arizona offers guidance as places of worship start to reopen," 12 May 2020 As for the requirement to include a photo ID with the absentee ballot application, the lawsuit says many Alabamians don’t have a way to photocopy their ID or don’t have a photo ID. Mike Cason | Mcason@al.com, al, "NAACP, others sue to remove ‘obstacles to voting’ in Alabama," 1 May 2020 S-Voice arose in the early days of voice assistants, when Android OEMs were scrambling to photocopy Apple's Siri voice assistant, which launched in 2011. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Say goodbye to Samsung’s S-Voice—the servers shut down June 1, 2020," 13 Apr. 2020 Newsom allowed reporters to review — but not photocopy — his 2018 tax years at the state Capitol on Friday. Phil Willon, Los Angeles Times, "Gov. Gavin Newsom reports $1.2-million income in new disclosure of tax returns," 7 Mar. 2020 The Federal Bureau of Prisons has started photocopying mail at some institutions over fears of synthetic drug contamination, The Associated Press reported in October. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, "Dunleavy budget plan includes $400,000 to photocopy mail sent to Alaska prisoners to stop drugs," 13 Dec. 2019 The cast of 'The Circle' Mitch Jenkins/Netflix Not that Netflix’s reality strategy consists solely of photocopying traditional American television. Judy Berman, Time, "From Love Is Blind to The Circle, Netflix Is Getting Terrifyingly Good at Reality TV," 12 Feb. 2020 The screener asked what the money was for, photocopied her ID and travel documents and held her luggage until a Pennsylvania state trooper arrived. Washington Post, "The DEA seized her father’s life savings at an airport without alleging any crime occurred, lawsuit says," 15 Jan. 2020 Besides photocopying his drivers license, the manager told him to call back in a few days to get the bill for the damage. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "How a Teenager Turned a Denny's Into the Best Punk Club Ever, For One Night Only," 19 Dec. 2019

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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

Noun

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Time Traveler for photocopy

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The first known use of photocopy was in 1879

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29 May 2020

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“Photocopy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/photocopy. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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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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