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 centimeters).
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 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.
Idioms about copy
- pre·cop·y, noun, plural pre·cop·ies, verb (used with object), pre·cop·ied, pre·cop·y·ing.
- re·cop·y, verb (used with object), re·cop·ied, re·cop·y·ing.
- un·cop·ied, adjective
- well-cop·ied, adjective
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How to use copy in a sentence
The person still had some nonfunctional copies of the virus.In a first, a person’s immune system fought HIV — and won | Tina Hesman Saey | August 26, 2020 | Science News
The newsrooms learned of Clarkson’s behavior in June and first requested copies of the messages from the Department of Law — which he oversees — on June 4.Alaska’s Attorney General Resigns Hours After We Published “Uncomfortable” Texts He Sent to a Younger Colleague | by Kyle Hopkins, Anchorage Daily News | August 25, 2020 | ProPublica
Once the virus has made its way into cells, it starts making copies of itself.New treatments aim to treat COVID-19 early, before it gets serious | Tina Hesman Saey | August 24, 2020 | Science News
Also in April, Jared Whitlock, a freelance journalist who contributes to VOSD, requested copies of county death certificates.
You should use location-based copy on your website if you’re a company that has not multiple goods or services but has different locations.10 Tips to perform in depth local SEO for your business | Jackson Keil | July 20, 2020 | Search Engine Watch
The Tampa Bay Times got their hands on a full copy of the letter the retired judge sent to Winston.Jameis Winston Cleared of Rape Like Every Other College Sports Star | Robert Silverman | December 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
One African American woman brandished a pocket-sized copy of the Constitution while marching.Sharpton Recalls Civil Rights Struggle in DC March Against Police Violence | Ben Jacobs | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He's starting to sound like a schoolboy with a copy of Penthouse.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days | David Freeman | December 13, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But when their first book, SuicideGirls, came out in 2004, she gifted her a copy.Masters of Alt Sex: SuicideGirls Hits Puberty and Wants to Invade Your TV Set | Marlow Stern | December 9, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So, I was copying it and getting it out, and I kept a copy on myself at all times with really, really strong passwords.
You were obliging enough to ask me to accept a presentation copy of your verses.
Then, child, you've fallen on your head, if you don't know that at least you must have a second copy of the concerto!Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
So he took my copy and played the orchestra part which is indicated above the piano part, and I played without notes.Music-Study in Germany | Amy Fay
These first attempts to copy in line the forms of familiar objects are among the most curious products of the child's mind.Children's Ways | James Sully
A copy of Tendall's testament sold at Oxford for 20 guineas, supposed to be the only copy of that edition unburned by Tonstall.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology | Joel Munsell
British Dictionary definitions for copy
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 story: disasters 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
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