verb (used with object), cop·y·read [kop-ee-ee-red] /ˈkɒp i i rɛd/, cop·y·read·ing [kop-ee-ree-ding] /ˈkɒp iˌri dɪŋ/.
  1. to work on (copy) as a copyreader.

Origin of copyread

First recorded in 1940–45; back formation from copyreader Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for copy-read

Historical Examples of copy-read

  • Penny wrote headlines, copy-read stories, and passed on all matters of policy.

    Ghost Beyond the Gate

    Mildred A. Wirt

  • Earlier sheets already had been copy-read and were in the process of being set into type.

    Whispering Walls

    Mildred A. Wirt

British Dictionary definitions for copy-read


verb -reads, -reading or -read
  1. US to subedit
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