photocopy

noun
pho·​to·​copy | \ˈfō-tə-ˌkä-pē \

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

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 Some judicial experts say there is a lack of real evidence in the case since the investigation is solely based on photocopies of notebooks. Fox News, "Argentina corruption case: Businessman admits payments," 6 Aug. 2018 All historical references are carefully elucidated in the same teacherly tone, from the House Un-American Activities Committee to the Senate hearings on juvenile delinquency to the development of photocopies and pesticides. The Washington Post, latimes.com, "Jake Tapper's thrilling, uneven McCarthy-era Washington drama, 'The Hellfire Club'," 4 May 2018 At my urging, Dodek asked Fidelity for a photocopy of the back of the envelope. Sean P. Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "For lack of a legible postmark, retirement fund takes a hit," 5 June 2018 Make photocopies of your passport and credit cards. Robert Cocuzzo, Town & Country, "30 Lessons I've Learned, In Honor of My 30th Birthday," 22 May 2016 Photos only – preferably original photos (no newspaper clippings or photocopies). The Oregonian/oregonlive, OregonLive.com, "Newspaper corrections for June 1, 2018," 31 May 2018 Photos only - preferably original photos (no newspaper clippings or photocopies). Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit history: Submit your old photos for our new book!," 15 May 2018 Proof of identification, such as a driver’s license or these other qualifying documents and a photocopy of the front and back (also black and white and on 8.5 by 11-inch paper) of your identification. Sophia Gottfried, Time, "How Long Does It Take to Get a Passport? Here's What You Need to Know," 7 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Association officials said Realtors and others in real estate, including escrow and title professionals, may encounter forged IDs when processing paperwork or photocopying a prospective client’s ID before a house showing. Laura Groch, sandiegouniontribune.com, "North County Business Briefs, May 31," 31 May 2018 Sure, Charlson said, anyone can photocopy a $20 bill but that doesn’t mean it’s legal money. Ian Duncan, baltimoresun.com, "New ballots for Maryland election unlikely as state's sole paper supplier can't deliver in time," 24 May 2018 Teachers are photocopying assignments off the internet or from old workbooks because textbooks haven’t been replenished in years, North Carolina Association of Educators President Mark Jewell said. Time, "North Carolina Teachers March on State Capital in Mass School Walkout," 16 May 2018 Teachers are photocopying assignments off the internet or from old workbooks because textbooks haven’t been replenished in years, North Carolina Association of Educators President Mark Jewell said. BostonGlobe.com, "Thousands of teachers protest for more funding in N.C. capital," 16 May 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

Noun

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photocopy

noun

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 \

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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