- an imitation, reproduction, or transcript of an original: a copy of a famous painting.
- one of the various examples or specimens of the same book, engraving, or the like.
- written matter intended to be reproduced in printed form: The editor sent the copy for the next issue to the printer.
- the text of a news story, advertisement, television commercial, etc., as distinguished from related visual material.
- the newsworthiness of a person, thing, or event (often preceded by good or bad): The president is always good copy.Compare news(def 4).
- Computers. an exact duplicate of a file, program, etc.: Keep a backup copy of the document.
- Genetics. replication(def 7).
- Printing. pictures and artwork prepared for reproduction.
- British Informal. (in schools) a composition; a written assignment.
- British. a size of drawing or writing paper, 16 × 20 inches (40 × 50 cm).
- Archaic. something that is to be reproduced; an example or pattern, as of penmanship to be copied by a pupil.
- to make a copy of; transcribe; reproduce: to copy a set of figures from a book.
- to receive and understand (a radio message or its sender).
- to follow as a pattern or model; imitate.
- Computers. to make an exact duplicate of (a file, selected text, etc.) and store in another location or in temporary memory: Can I copy the program to another computer? Copy the selected paragraph to the clipboard.Compare cut(def 24), paste(def 13).
- to make a copy or copies.
- to undergo copying: It copied poorly. I can't install the program—one file won't copy.
- to hear or receive a radio message, as over a CB radio: Do you copy?
- Also cocky. Newfoundland. to leap from one ice pan to another across open water.
- copy the mail, Citizens Band Radio Slang. mail1(def 9).
Origin of copy
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Examples from the Web for copied
Bored, she dropped the sticker, and another child picked it up and copied her.The Life of a Liberian Child with Ebola
November 5, 2014
Later, after taking his own shirt off in a supposed show of manliness, Dre freaked out when Andre Jr. copied him.Why ‘Black-ish’ Has a Gay Problem
October 3, 2014
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
March 23, 2014
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
January 26, 2014
In each case, the Democrats criticized the innovation—until they copied it.Republicans Against the Republic
October 3, 2013
Produce the impressions or original sentiments, from which the ideas are copied.
He took the organ daily, and copied, at home, the cathedral music.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
See, see, Richard, here your mother has copied the hospital's certificate.The Cavalier
George Washington Cable
Yes, but suppose the article should be copied in England, or suppose some of the papers should get over there?One Day's Courtship
Loraine wrote the letter, Laura Ann copied it, they all signed it.Four Girls and a Compact
Annie Hamilton Donnell
- an imitation or reproduction of an original
- a single specimen of something that occurs in a multiple edition, such as a book, article, etc
- matter to be reproduced in print
- written matter or text as distinct from graphic material in books, newspapers, etc
- the words used to present a promotional message in an advertisement
- journalism informal suitable material for an article or storydisasters are always good copy
- archaic a model to be copied, esp an example of penmanship
- (when tr, often foll by out) to make a copy or reproduction of (an original)
- (tr) to imitate as a model
- (intr) to imitate unfairly
Word Origin and History for copied
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.