Definition of photocopy in English:



  • A photographic copy of printed or written material produced by a process involving the action of light on a specially prepared surface.

    • ‘But there are also stories of students who run errands, make photocopies and play computer games, only to later pad their resumes.’
    • ‘They didn't seem to think that faxed copies, or posted photocopies would count, except they only said that after they asked for them.’
    • ‘The pictures are grainy photocopies of photos included in a confidential French investigation into the Paris car crash.’
    • ‘We make a huge act of faith when we look at some photocopies of materials attached to written submissions, and do not actually look for legislation ourselves.’
    • ‘Chinese military music played softly in the background, and black-and-white photocopies of the actual images from which the sculptures were made littered the floor.’
    • ‘The creases in the photo are because this is a colour photocopy of the one original copy which we all clubbed together to buy.’
    • ‘Use archival copy paper to make lasting photocopies of your original photos and keepsakes.’
    • ‘Other teachers may prefer to matte the prints for wall display and place photocopies of the notes beside them for students to read.’
    • ‘No photocopy or pictures of the statement were allowed.’
    • ‘I like to read from a print but a photocopy, scan or photograph is the second best; of course, face to face is best!’
    • ‘They have cheap photocopies and printing, water, a free exambank, a microwave, a toaster, signups for sports teams and grad photos and, of course, good conversation.’
    • ‘Once, a patron came in with a photocopy of a newspaper photo that appeared in one of the two main papers when his grandfather was four years old.’
    • ‘I have recently come across a photocopy of the epitaph written on the grave of my uncle, John Agar.’
    • ‘Send one set of original illustrations and photographs and two sets of photocopies; artwork will not be returned after publication.’
    • ‘It was a photocopy of a letter written in curvy handwriting on lined paper.’
    • ‘When you have some color schemes in mind, a great way to test things out is to sketch or photograph your house, then make several black and white photocopies of the picture or drawing.’
    • ‘The library provided 6,866 photographs and 51,211 photocopies of the material to its readers.’
    • ‘Making application forms anonymous proved difficult and required a photocopy of already copied applications, with a further reduction in legibility of some forms.’
    • ‘So after about 2 more hours, I handed in the newspaper with my ad, my photos and my photocopy of ID.’
    • ‘She made the images by arranging these items on a color photocopier, making copies of them and then photographing the photocopies.’
    reproduction, copy, mimeograph, mimeo, facsimile, fax, duplicate
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[with object]
  • Make a photocopy of.

    ‘you can photocopy the entry form’
    • ‘You don't even see people photocopying their body parts anymore.’
    • ‘So if I ever get around to photocopying them and bringing them around to places, you might see that in print.’
    • ‘Kazza is now in charge of photocopying a daily report for some of our staff.’
    • ‘Cllr Catterall flew to Kansas and visited the Dwight D Eisenhower Library in Abilene and photocopied every letter.’
    • ‘I can also return that book for store credit without the bookstore accusing me of photocopying the book at home.’
    • ‘Hofmann made his version by photocopying an old Bible and getting a printshop to make a set of typefaces for him.’
    • ‘I typed out a letter on headed note paper, photocopied it 30 times and as a good clubman paid for the postage myself and sent them off.’
    • ‘The funeral service was such a big event that many people had to stand in the aisles and 150 extra orders of service had to be photocopied.’
    • ‘Assisted by the Ford Foundation, I photocopied mountains of Congress papers.’
    • ‘So, photocopying a page out of a book makes the words no longer the property of the author?’
    • ‘Anyone can drum up 250 objections simply by photocopying the standard objection letter.’
    • ‘We then went on to discuss wether photocopying pages of crochet books was a sin, and would she go to hell for it?’
    • ‘So the Listener could sue you for photocopying this article and trying to sell the copy, but it can't prevent you writing about it in your own words.’
    • ‘Companies have been urged to make sure their staff do not injure themselves at office Christmas parties by dancing on desks or photocopying themselves.’
    • ‘The cost of photocopying a book is substantially lower than having to buy one.’
    • ‘Filesharing is the equivalent of someone buying a book, photocopying it and distributing it to strangers on the street.’
    • ‘It's to make up for the tons of paper we use up photocopying the thousands of pages' worth of readings he assigns.’
    • ‘I came home after photocopying the exams for the kids next week, and went straight to sleep.’
    • ‘To date, printed scores have been strictly protected; photocopying them is illegal.’
    • ‘Not him; he photocopied it with all the boxes pre-ticked.’
    copy, mimeograph, mimeo, xerox, photostat, fax, duplicate, reproduce, make a xerox of
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