xe·​rox | \ ˈzir-ˌäks How to pronounce xerox (audio) , ˈzē-ˌräks \
xeroxed; xeroxing; xeroxes

Definition of xerox

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to copy on a xerographic copier
2 : to make (a copy) on a xerographic copier


Xe·​rox | \ ˈzir-ˌäks How to pronounce Xerox (audio) , ˈzē-ˌräks \

Definition of Xerox (Entry 2 of 2)

used for a xerographic copier

Examples of xerox in a Sentence

Verb I'll xerox these forms for you. I'll be xeroxing in the library.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb A fun crafty thing to do would be to xerox some of the pages with rough sketches and give them to your children to trace, or try drawing free hand. Kristen Rutherford, WIRED, "The Art of The Secret World Of Arrietty: Book Review," 10 Mar. 2012

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First Known Use of xerox


1965, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for xerox


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“Xerox.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of xerox

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to copy (something, such as a document) by using a special machine (called a copier)


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English Language Learners Definition of Xerox (Entry 2 of 2)

used for a machine that makes paper copies of printed pages, pictures, etc.

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