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or cop·y-ed·it

verb (used with object)
  1. to edit (a manuscript, document, text, etc.) for publication, especially for punctuation, spelling, grammatical structure, style, etc.
  2. to copyread.
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Origin of copyedit

First recorded in 1950–55; back formation from copy editor
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British Dictionary definitions for copy-edit


  1. journalism to prepare (copy) for printing by styling, correcting, etc
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Derived Formscopy editor, noun
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