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duplicate

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 3)

resembling another in every respect
  • duplicate copies of the portrait that were painted by the artist himself

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duplicate

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of duplicate (Entry 2 of 3)

1 something or someone that strongly resembles another
  • doll carriages that are duplicates of baby carriages

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2 something that is made to look exactly like something else
  • a duplicate of a house key

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duplicate

verb

Synonyms & Antonyms of duplicate (Entry 3 of 3)

1 to make an exact likeness of
  • art students trying to duplicate paintings in the museum's collection as part of their training

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2 to make or do again
  • we were unable to duplicate the experiment in our own lab, so we're suspicious

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3 to make twice as great or as many
  • the recipe can be easily duplicated in order to feed a large family

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How does the noun duplicate differ from other similar words?

Some common synonyms of duplicate are copy, facsimile, replica, and reproduction. While all these words mean "a thing made to closely resemble another," duplicate implies a double or counterpart exactly corresponding to another thing.

a duplicate of a house key

When is it sensible to use copy instead of duplicate?

The meanings of copy and duplicate largely overlap; however, copy applies especially to one of a number of things reproduced mechanically.

printed 1000 copies of the lithograph

When can facsimile be used instead of duplicate?

Although the words facsimile and duplicate have much in common, facsimile suggests a close reproduction often of graphic matter that may differ in scale.

a facsimile of a rare book

Where would replica be a reasonable alternative to duplicate?

While the synonyms replica and duplicate are close in meaning, replica implies the exact reproduction of a particular item in all details, but not always in the same scale.

a replica of the Mayflower

miniature replicas of classic cars

When might reproduction be a better fit than duplicate?

While in some cases nearly identical to duplicate, reproduction implies an exact or close imitation of an existing thing.

reproductions from the museum's furniture collection

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

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“Duplicate.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/duplicate. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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