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noun, plural pho·to·cop·ies.
  1. a photographic reproduction of a document, print, or the like.
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verb (used with object), pho·to·cop·ied, pho·to·cop·y·ing.
  1. to reproduce (a document, print, or the like) photographically.
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Origin of photocopy

First recorded in 1920–25; photo- + copy
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noun plural -copies
  1. a photographic reproduction of written, printed, or graphic workSee also microcopy
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verb -copies, -copying or -copied
  1. to reproduce (written, printed, or graphic work) on photographic material
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Word Origin and History for photocopy


1924 in the sense of "make a photographic reproduction," from photo- "photographic" + copy (v.). The usual modern meaning arose 1942 with the advent of xerography. The noun is recorded from 1934. Related: Photocopied; photocopying.

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