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photocopy

[ foh-tuh-kop-ee ]
/ ˈfoʊ təˌkɒp i /
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noun, plural pho·to·cop·ies.

a photographic reproduction of a document, print, or the like.

verb (used with object), pho·to·cop·ied, pho·to·cop·y·ing.

to reproduce (a document, print, or the like) photographically.

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reproduce, duplicate, copy, Xerox, stat, velox

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photoconduction, photoconductive, photoconductive cell, photoconductivity, photocopier, photocopy, photocopying, photocurrent, photodecomposition, photodegradable, photodermatitis

Origin of photocopy

First recorded in 1920–25; photo- + copy
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British Dictionary definitions for photocopy

photocopy

/ (ˈfəʊtəʊˌkɒpɪ) /

noun plural -copies

a photographic reproduction of written, printed, or graphic workSee also microcopy

verb -copies, -copying or -copied

to reproduce (written, printed, or graphic work) on photographic material
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Word Origin and History for photocopy

photocopy


v.

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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