noun, plural cop·ies, for 1, 2, 8, 10.
verb (used with object), cop·ied, cop·y·ing.
verb (used without object), cop·ied, cop·y·ing.
- copulative asyndeton,
- copy desk,
- copy editor,
- copy in,
- copy machine,
- copy negative
Origin of copy
Examples from the Web for copied
Bored, she dropped the sticker, and another child picked it up and copied her.
Later, after taking his own shirt off in a supposed show of manliness, Dre freaked out when Andre Jr. copied him.
Unlike the Media burglars, he revealed his identity soon after turning over the files he had copied.The Domestic Spying of Hoover’s FBI Is an Eerie Prequel to the NSA’s Snooping Today|Betty Medsger|March 23, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All the same, I set to work and copied half a dozen of them.There’s Nothing Wrong—and a Lot That’s Right—About Copying Other Artists|Malcolm Jones|January 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In each case, the Democrats criticized the innovation—until they copied it.
In many large pieces Roman tesselated pavements have been copied, which have produced a very rich effect.
He practised copying for a couple of days, and then copied out the four parts.The Son of a Servant|August Strindberg
See, see, Richard, here your mother has copied the hospital's certificate.The Cavalier|George Washington Cable
You are in the grand drawing-room, copied from that of Versailles.What Will He Do With It, Complete|Edward Bulwer-Lytton
This breakfast is given the last week in May and can be copied by the summer hostess substituting different flowers in season.Breakfasts and Teas|Paul Pierce
noun plural copies
- matter to be reproduced in print
- written matter or text as distinct from graphic material in books, newspapers, etc
verb copies, copying or copied
Word Origin for copy
early 14c., "written account or record," from Old French copie (13c.), from Medieval Latin copia "reproduction, transcript," from Latin copia "plenty, means" (see copious). Sense extended 15c. to any specimen of writing (especially MS for a printer) and any reproduction or imitation. Related: Copyist.
late 14c., from Old French copier (14c.), from Medieval Latin copiare "to transcribe," originally "to write in plenty," from Latin copia (see copy (n.)). Hence, "to write an original text many times." Related: Copied; copying. Figurative sense of "to imitate" is attested from 1640s.