Definition of copy in English:

copy

noun

  • 1A thing made to be similar or identical to another.

    ‘the problem is telling which is the original document and which the copy’
    • ‘And how, if at all, did you indicate that this was a copy or an identical copy, how do you know that?’
    • ‘Obviously, these are copies, fakes, pirate booty.’
    • ‘Did the files he was looking at contain multiple identical copies of each document?’
    • ‘There is one bookcase in the room, its shelves filled with identical copies of the dictionary.’
    • ‘That sum is how much it would cost to create an identical copy of the parliament from scratch should the controversial original be obliterated in a disaster.’
    • ‘The industrial building, next to the villa, at first seemed to be an identical copy of the main villa.’
    • ‘The first thing to note is that it is apparent that the copy is an identical copy inasmuch as there is the same blank on the original.’
    • ‘For instance, reproductive cloning that produces many identical copies could make conventional police work much harder to do.’
    • ‘Someone had stolen ALL our furniture and left identical copies in the same spots.’
    • ‘Why would Berger remove five identical copies of the same report, shred three of them with a pair of scissors, and return the other two to the archives?’
    • ‘The monumental tomb was an identical copy of the tomb of Lenin, which can still be seen in Moscow.’
    • ‘The church dates back to the medieval period, but the Lantern Tower was replaced with an identical copy in 1837.’
    • ‘Uncertain which of the three sons to give it to, he had two identical copies made, so that he could give a ring to each son.’
    • ‘It is now hoped that the horse-cloning technique can be used to produce identical copies of champion jumpers and show horses.’
    • ‘In the new host the necessary acids are floating around and they quickly join up with their complement acid, forming an identical copy.’
    • ‘And to make the leap from life to death less abrupt, the inhabitants have constructed an identical copy of their city, underground.’
    • ‘Thus, Jaffe commissioned an identical copy from Marco that was precisely one-half the size.’
    • ‘Wee Nit (the adorable) is an identical copy of her twin sister, Ying.’
    • ‘The control room was an identical copy - to the eighth of an inch - of the Sound Factory.’
    • ‘The only way another person could enjoy that particular painting was if an identical copy was made.’
    replica, reproduction, replication, print, imitation, likeness, lookalike, representation, mock-up, dummy
    duplicate, duplication, reprint, facsimile, photocopy, carbon copy, carbon, mimeograph, mimeo
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  • 2A single specimen of a particular book, record, or other publication or issue.

    ‘the record has sold more than a million copies’
    • ‘Again, the public's response was overwhelmingly positive; the single sold eight million copies.’
    • ‘In a way it isn't the authenticity of the work that counts, I don't think you can just issue 20 copies of limited editions of your film to people.’
    • ‘It is adapted from the first in the series of books by CS Lewis, which have sold millions of copies since their initial publication, 50 years ago.’
    • ‘Outside, the Bookmobile will be downloading, printing, binding, and giving away for free copies of public domain books.’
    • ‘These things sell like hot cakes, millions of copies per issue, which is amazing since very few people will ever admit to reading one.’
    • ‘It sold over 20 million copies in book form and sparked three sequels at the cinema.’
    • ‘A number of newspapers and a broadcast network have asked to purchase extra copies of the special issue.’
    • ‘And on the verge of conquering radio and selling nearly a million copies of that record, they kept their promise.’
    • ‘Orders for the signed, numbered and limited edition copies of this new book go on sale December 26!’
    • ‘Before, during and after World War II, honor systems were used to sell single copies of newspapers.’
    • ‘And Guildford Library in Surrey claims it will be the only library in the country that will issue copies of the new book to fans at midnight.’
    • ‘Worldwide, 13 million copies of the book had rolled off the presses in a massive print run.’
    • ‘Their headquarters in Brooklyn, New York, produces millions of copies of books which expose the errors of evolution and give evidence for creation.’
    • ‘He had managed to ask the librarian to sell him cheap copies of the record books, and was headed towards the ship, books in hand and Laya at his side.’
    • ‘They will also see regional authors reading from their latest publication and signing copies of their books.’
    • ‘The prices for single copies and subscriptions were relatively high, but the elite audience was able to pay the price.’
    • ‘The Daily Mail, a revolutionary departure from the leaden format of its contemporaries, sold a record breaking 300,000 copies of its first issue.’
    • ‘Under section 9 of the Copyright Act of 1994, the copyright owner has the right to issue to the public copies of sound recordings and films.’
    • ‘The book has sold more than 6.5 million copies since its publication last year, breaking sales records for a novel in its first 12 months, and is set to be made into a film.’
    • ‘The Enquirer sold a record 6.5 million copies of the issue containing that shot.’
    edition, version, impression, imprint, issue
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  • 3Matter to be printed.

    ‘copy for the next issue must be submitted by the beginning of the month’
    • ‘The newsroom typically handles both kinds of copy.’
    • ‘At times, in all the last editing, all I wanted to do was bundle up every scrap of copy, every note I'd taken and carry it home, keep it safe with me.’
    • ‘Writing stories, reading local news sources, and editing or filing copy were the most important aspects of news-gathering and news-processing.’
    • ‘It's not something editors talk about much, the ability to elevate subjects that strike a personal chord into copy for page 1.’
    • ‘Editorial insertions of stereotypes and fabrications into a Times reporter's copy extended at least into the 1980s.’
    • ‘Then we'll edit each other's copy and make the changes side by side at the computer.’
    • ‘Whether you're a reporter trying to beat a deadline or an editor grappling with late copy, the simplest solution may be one that seems the toughest.’
    • ‘Editors, meanwhile, began routinely winking at copy containing unfounded speculation, rumor, and unchecked facts.’
    • ‘In addition, they added an eighth measure: the square inches of copy divided by the number of reporters listed with bylines.’
    • ‘Many editors are editing print copy for print-plus web sites (loosely called shovelware).’
    • ‘Moreover, editors may directly alter or influence copy in ways not observable by examining only the stories.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, I suspect that your reporter awoke from his dream after his copy had been printed?’
    • ‘The press always like that kind of thing as it gives them lots of cheap reprint copy, or photo montages.’
    • ‘In April of this year, 10 comics created nearly 200 pages of copy that was printed, bound, and ready for sale the next day.’
    • ‘As assistant managing editor for copy at the St. Petersburg Times, she sits in on news meetings.’
    • ‘We're the people who catch errors, clean up copy, answer questions, massage egos, and punctuate sentences.’
    • ‘It's bad writing and it takes up a full page in the print copy.’
    • ‘He does all that in ways that do not fit into the traditional pattern of a reporter filing copy to an editor, who then approves and publishes.’
    • ‘Are you not just an aggrieved journalist whose copy has been sub-edited?’
    • ‘However, this will allow you to maximise your print solution with less copy and more white space for a cleaner more effective advertisement.’
    1. 3.1 Material for a newspaper or magazine article.
      ‘it is an unfortunate truth of today's media that bad news makes good copy’
      • ‘If you see a bit of lazy newspaper copy promoting our former favourite as some kind of internet sensation, you know where it came from.’
      • ‘We hear that a group of freelance journalists in the US are suing a leading national newspaper for posting their copy on its Web site without permission.’
      • ‘Although it made great copy for the newspapers, it suggested the Rocket was in bad-tempered mode - and some felt he might be about to self-destruct.’
      • ‘Other newspapers ran equally dramatic copy, using military metaphors to show the growing rift between doctors and the health secretary.’
      • ‘Try to avoid redundant copy in the headline, sub-head, cutline, and lead.’
      • ‘Mr Jones submits that it was right to look first at the criminal conduct of the investigatory journalists who spent money freely to provide copy for their newspaper.’
      • ‘How many times should you use your primary keyword in your web copy and your article submissions?’
      • ‘We use allusions to popular songs in headlines and in copy and we tend not to get accused of violating copyright.’
      • ‘Some journalists are fond of staging rescue operations that make great copy for newspapers.’
      • ‘You will also have to write copy (basically articles) that communicates when being spoken.’
      • ‘He has been supplying newspaper men with good copy for generations.’
      • ‘Newspaper editors happily confirm that Churchill stories make great copy, especially since in the UK one cannot sue for libel on behalf of the dead.’
      • ‘Unfortunately she started writing copy for women's magazines which was beyond parody.’
    2. 3.2 The text of an advertisement.
      ‘“No more stubble—no more trouble,” trumpeted their ad copy’
      • ‘What we're witnessing now is a return to the days of 70s and 80s advertising copy.’
      • ‘But sheerly as an exercise in English composition, Kay's statement is as flimsy as advertising copy.’
      • ‘The way he tells it, the 23% of Australian children who are overweight or obese are passive victims of advertising copy.’
      • ‘After graduating, Grant dabbled briefly in advertising, writing copy for Brylcreem and Red Stripe beer, but plugged away at an acting career in regional theatre.’
      • ‘Unlike the books of so many other writers, which might as well be advertising copy, Smith's work at many, many levels.’
      • ‘Anyway, it took about a day or so for my advertising copy to be approved, but it's now all ready to go.’
      • ‘Tailor the landing page text and use ad copy in the heading.’
      • ‘At this point, executives will be ready to begin writing advertising copy for the product.’
      • ‘Is killer online advertising simply shining copy and brilliant images?’
      • ‘This is perhaps the most fraudulent use of advertising copy on a jacket of a DVD to date.’
      • ‘Not bad for a guy who had been slogging through advertising copy before chucking it all to chase his dream.’
      • ‘They probably thought making good money writing advertising copy was about as good as the writing life gets.’
      • ‘The advertising copy for Star Trek: Deep Space Nine uses the Dolby Digital 5.1 remix as a selling point.’
      • ‘During the 1920s, advertising copy and style names for all types of rings for men cast these items in a particularly manly light.’
      • ‘Advertising copy shall be dignified, strictly truthful and representative of the art of music and its responsibility to the community.’
      • ‘We spent a year back in Perth where I wrote copy for advertising features at The West Australian.’
      • ‘The pioneers of persuasive advertising copy, however, were usually medicine makers.’
      • ‘What can be done to make e-poetry better, less like advertising copy?’
      • ‘Minda had already proven to be a skilled writer of political advertising copy.’
      • ‘They make for great advertising copy, and in that category I include the purple prose that we motoring journalists write about them.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]
  • 1Make a similar or identical version of; reproduce.

    ‘each form had to be copied and sent to a different department’
    • ‘The footage was accidentally erased a few days later after Garda technicians attempted to copy it onto video format, he said.’
    • ‘In particular, I really hated having to copy final versions out ‘in best’.’
    • ‘This master tape is then copied and packed into special envelopes which are posted the following morning.’
    • ‘Every time I switch on the TV, I see someone copying a video I did, sometimes frame by frame.’
    • ‘Users can copy video only from a PC, not directly from a television or DVD player.’
    • ‘After copying the tape, she gets her friend, Noah, involved.’
    • ‘No, copying the tape and passing it around isn't really what happens in the sequels.’
    • ‘This was the version actually copied by Qualtex.’
    • ‘I'm sure the tape will be extensively copied and distributed throughout the Norwegian police force - for training purposes, of course.’
    • ‘A third policeman - the one that had been sent to copy the tape - spoke up.’
    • ‘Zhan Wang fashioned a reproduction of the meteorite, cast it in iron, then copied the iron version by pounding stainless steel sheets onto its surface.’
    • ‘The tapes cannot be copied for commercial gain, he said.’
    • ‘There is nothing better than watching us trying to reproduce and copy big money US network TV type shows.’
    • ‘We package this together on the DVD side and we are copying the edited version on the original VHS.’
    • ‘They are sponsoring legislation that will make it a felony ‘to use or attempt to use’ a video recording device to copy a film in a movie theater.’
    • ‘‘Once the tapes have been copied, my solicitor will send them to top people in racing,’ he said.’
    • ‘As soon as is possible for me I will copy them and send them to you.’
    • ‘Twenty-one percent had actually copied the newsletter and sent it to beef cattle producers in their county.’
    • ‘During Champlain's short-lived career as a teacher, her pupils learned to paint by copying her own versions of floral wreaths, Fancy, and Cupid.’
    • ‘The tales were known long before the extant ballad versions began to be copied or printed in the mid-fifteenth century.’
    reproduce, replicate
    duplicate, photocopy, xerox, photostat, mimeograph, make a photocopy of, take a photocopy of, run off
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    1. 1.1Computing Reproduce (data stored in one location) in another location.
      ‘the command will copy a file from one disc to another’
      • ‘The final command copies the default configuration file to your home directory.’
      • ‘Remember that any time a file is viewable, the file can be copied, e-mailed and otherwise compromised.’
      • ‘Once the ‘enhancement’ is accepted, an executable file named download.exe is copied to the system and executed automatically.’
      • ‘You'll have to accept the terms to continue at which point it will appear to be installing, but in actual fact the files are just being copied to the location you specified.’
      • ‘A quick example: suppose I've got some software that needs to copy a file from one computer to another.’
    2. 1.2 Write out information that one has read or heard.
      ‘he copied the details into his notebook’
      ‘I began to copy out the addresses’
      • ‘They learn to copy a formula written on a blackboard.’
      • ‘Not what I wanted to hear after copying the names of about one crore hundred people.’
      • ‘She gave it a rest & bent down to copy important information on genes.’
      • ‘They had asked me to climb on and read the information so they could copy it down.’
      • ‘She sits down and instructs the students to begin to copy the notes written on the overhead.’
      • ‘‘Excellent,’ Mr. Lively praised, too copying the information onto the board.’
      • ‘My sister's a Special Ed teacher, so she had one of her students copy a letter I wrote.’
      • ‘Morse did not allow the students to copy information directly into their reports from the sources they had studied.’
      • ‘You'd copy out the relevant information and present it for the teacher.’
      • ‘Ali rolled her eyes, imagining being ordered to read and copy chapters about having proper posture.’
      • ‘The discovery of two inkwells and a plastered table and bench strongly suggested that one of the rooms was a scriptorium, a room set apart for writing or copying manuscripts.’
      • ‘If his written submissions were written for or copied by him, it is unlikely that orally he could improve on them.’
      • ‘Even those monks who spent their days copying manuscripts could barely read or understand them.’
      • ‘It's as if he read the title, copied one of the figures, and didn't pay any attention at all to the conclusions of the paper, which contradict what he claims.’
      • ‘After I wrote it, I copied it onto another piece of paper really quick so I could write it down in my diary.’
      • ‘I'll write the curriculum onto the blackboard - of course in French - and it would be advisable if you copy the information.’
      • ‘The other pilot would be responsible for maintaining an instrument scan and copying information from the crewman.’
      • ‘They checked our week-old paperwork from a previous inspection in Los Roques and decided just copying the information was sufficient.’
      • ‘I read over and copy them, trying not to miss a few words.’
      • ‘But you know what you could do is go to the site, copy the mathematical information and then just cut a piece of wood in the same shape!’
    3. 1.3copy something to Send a copy of a letter to (a third party)
      • ‘Many organisations and individuals in the NHS are either already copying letters to patients, or keen to do so.’
      • ‘I am copying this letter to those to whom you sent your letter of 1 March.’
      • ‘You will note that I have copied this letter to Alway Associates.’
      • ‘I assume that you are quoting Derek accurately and I am copying this letter to him.’
      • ‘If it is not doing so, then you should seek an urgent meeting with the head teacher, and, if he or she does not remedy the situation, write to the governing body, copying your letter to the chief education officer in your education authority.’
      • ‘She copied the letter to the code of practice authority, where it was treated as a complaint.’
      • ‘Please copy your letters to editor@medialens.org.’
      • ‘You can tell that by the way they began the e-mail with ‘Dear Writer’, and copied it to 49 other people.’
      • ‘Mr Beresford copied this letter to the appellant on 12 August.’
      • ‘Because this letter is copied to Mr Markus, it says, ‘Dear Sir’.’
      • ‘Failure to do so will result in my copying this letter to the Home Office Enforcement Section so that they may take necessary action against you to compel you to leave the United Kingdom.’
      • ‘Under the new system, even if a victim has a solicitor, PIAB will deal only with the victim, though it will copy letters to the solicitor if requested.’
      • ‘She has also condemned the change and has written to county transport bosses - copying the letter to GNER - expressing her concern.’
      • ‘And I'm going to copy the letter to the local trading standards office and to the Consumers Association.’
      • ‘I wrote to the management of the cinema expressing profound concern and copied my letter to the editors of the three local newspapers.’
      • ‘The email server then copies the email to several different addresses including my personal Hotmail account.’
      • ‘The letter was not copied to WGI but it was not necessary to do so.’
    4. 1.4copy someone in Send someone a copy of an email that is addressed to a third party.
      ‘I attached the document and copied him in so he'd know it had been sent’
  • 2Imitate the style or behaviour of.

    ‘lifestyles that were copied from Miami and Fifth Avenue’
    ‘she was such fun that everybody wanted to copy her’
    [no object] ‘art students copied from approved old masters’
    • ‘They were just behaviours, ideas and stories that were copied from one person to another in the long history of human attempts to understand the world.’
    • ‘It is copied from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.’
    • ‘The design, which was copied from a Yorkshire Evening Press photograph and was made up of 1,500 carpet bedding plants, had to be completed in time for the Festival.’
    • ‘Techniques were copied from America - for example, by the French Baron Mackau, who plastered Paris with a reputed two million posters for an election in 1889.’
    • ‘The design was copied from an English home and was built in stone imported from Bath.’
    • ‘I like when people have original styles that aren't copied from anyone else.’
    • ‘At least another stylist cops to copying 2001: A Space Odyssey.’
    • ‘The ornate drawing room ceiling at now-disused Whinburn School is copied from a design at 17th-century East Riddlesden Hall, it has been revealed.’
    • ‘Everything that was new and modern came from the US or was copied from the US and it continued that way up until The Beatles.’
    • ‘Actually, we copied and improved English copyright law.’
    • ‘It seems likely that one sculpture is copied from the other, or that both were copied from an ‘original’ flogging sculpture.’
    • ‘The style of the show is obviously copied from the CBS program 60 Minutes.’
    • ‘This sort of enamel work on a faceted metal body was copied from the enamelled European watches.’
    • ‘All the tunes and dances of many of the movies are copied from the folk art forms - songs and dances of this region with which the children are well versed.’
    • ‘Skip James' eerie, dark and complex tunings and netherworldly falsetto have never been equaled nor adequately copied in 74 years.’
    • ‘He said there ‘may or may not’ be any scientific basis for the tests, which he said had been copied from the US without analysis of their efficacy.’
    • ‘A row has blown up over suggestions that a high-profile attempt to rebrand a Yorkshire city was simply copied from a similar campaign thousands of miles away.’
    • ‘Behaviors and ideas copied from person to person by imitation - memes - may have forced human genes to make us what we are today.’
    • ‘No, of course they won't be copied from traditional moko, they will reflect my own ancestry, the signs and symbols of a Scottish clan.’
    • ‘Liam isn't copied from any individual but his fictional life and the dilemmas he confronts are informed by what we found.’
    imitate, mimic, ape, emulate, follow, echo, mirror, simulate, parrot, reproduce
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  • 3[no object] Hear or understand someone speaking on a radio transmitter.

    ‘this is Edwards, do you copy, over’
    • ‘You copy, Minnie.’

Origin

Middle English (denoting a transcript or copy of a document): from Old French copie (noun), copier (verb), from Latin copia abundance (in medieval Latin transcript from such phrases as copiam describendi facere give permission to transcribe).

Pronunciation

copy

/ˈkäpē/