[noun, adjective doo-pli-kit, dyoo-; verb doo-pli-keyt, dyoo-]
- a copy exactly like an original.
- anything corresponding in all respects to something else.
- Cards. a duplicate game.
- to make an exact copy of.
- to do or perform again; repeat: He duplicated his father's way of standing with his hands in his pockets.
- to double; make twofold.
- to become duplicate.
- exactly like or corresponding to something else: duplicate copies of a letter.
- consisting of or existing in two identical or corresponding parts; double.
- Cards. noting a game in which each team plays a series of identical hands, the winner being the team making the best total score.
- in duplicate, in two copies, especially two identical copies: Please type the letter in duplicate.
Origin of duplicate
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- copied exactly from an original
- existing as a pair or in pairs; twofold
- an exact copy; double
- something additional or supplementary of the same kind
- two exact copies (esp in the phrase in duplicate)
- (tr) to make a replica of
- (tr) to do or make again
- (tr) to make in a pair; make double
- (intr) biology to reproduce by dividing into two identical partsthe chromosomes duplicated in mitosis
Word Origin for duplicate
C15: from Latin duplicāre to double, from duo two + plicāre to fold
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Word Origin and History for non-duplicative
1620s, "to double," from Latin duplicatus, past participle of duplicare (see duplicate (adj.)). Meaning "make an exact copy" is from 1640s (implied in duplicated). Related: Duplicating. The noun is first recorded 1530s.
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