[ kop-ee ]
/ ˈkɒp i /
noun, plural cop·ies, for 1, 2, 8, 10.
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.
verb (used with object), cop·ied, cop·y·ing.
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).
verb (used without object), cop·ied, cop·y·ing.
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.
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Idioms for copy
copy the mail, Citizens Band Radio Slang. mail1 (def. 11).
Origin of copy
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English copie (from Anglo-French ) from Medieval Latin cōpia “abundance, something copied,” Latin: “wealth, abundance”; see copious; (def. 18) originally a children's game, from the phrase copy the leader
synonym study for copy
14. See imitate.
OTHER WORDS FROM copypre·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, adjectivewell-copied, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for copy
/ (ˈkɒpɪ) /
noun plural copies
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
verb copies, copying or copied
(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 for copy
C14: from Medieval Latin cōpia an imitation, something copied, from Latin: abundance, riches; see copious
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