Pronunciation Noun

copy (plural copies)

  1. The result of copying; an identical duplicate of an original.
    Please bring me the copies of those reports.
    • I have not the vanity to think my copy equal to the original.
  2. An imitation, sometimes of inferior quality.
    That handbag is a copy. You can tell because the buckle is different.
  3. (journalism) The text that is to be typeset.
  4. (journalism) A gender-neutral abbreviation for copy boy.
  5. (marketing, advertising) The output of copywriters, who are employed to write material which encourages consumers to buy goods or services.
  6. (uncountable) The text of newspaper articles.
    Submit all copy to the appropriate editor.
  7. A school work pad.
    Tim got in trouble for forgetting his maths copy.
  8. A printed edition of a book or magazine.
    Have you seen the latest copy of "Newsweek" yet?
    The library has several copies of the Bible.
  9. Writing paper of a particular size, called also bastard.
  10. (obsolete) That which is to be imitated, transcribed, or reproduced; a pattern, model, or example.
    His virtues are an excellent copy for imitation.
    • Let him first learn to write, after a copy, all the letters.
  11. (obsolete) An abundance or plenty of anything.
    • 1599, Ben Jonson, Every Man out of His Humour
      She was blessed with no more copy of wit, but to serve his humour thus.
  12. (obsolete) copyhold; tenure; lease
  13. (genetics) The result of gene or chromosomal duplication.
Synonyms Antonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • Russian: ру́копись
  • Italian: copia
  • Russian: ко́пия
  • French: copie
  • Russian: ко́пия
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  1. (transitive) To produce an object identical to a given object.
    Please copy these reports for me.
  2. (transitive) To give or transmit a copy to (a person).
    Make sure you copy me on that important memo.
  3. (transitive, computing) To place a copy of an object in memory for later use.
    First copy the files, and then paste them in another directory.
  4. (transitive) To imitate.
    Don't copy my dance moves.
    Mom, he's copying me!
    • We copy instinctively the voices of our companions, their accents, and their modes of pronunciation.
  5. (radio) To receive a transmission successfully.
    Do you copy?
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