AskDefine | Define copy

Dictionary Definition



1 a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record) [syn: transcript]
2 a secondary representation of an original; "she made a copy of the designer dress"
3 matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials [syn: written matter]
4 material suitable for a journalistic account; "catastrophes make good copy"


1 copy down as is; "The students were made to copy the alphabet over and over"
2 reproduce someone's behavior or looks; "The mime imitated the passers-by"; "Children often copy their parents or older siblings" [syn: imitate, simulate]
3 biology: reproduce or make an exact copy of; "replicate the cell"; "copy the genetic information" [syn: replicate]
4 make a replica of; "copy that drawing"; "re-create a picture by Rembrandt" [syn: re-create] [also: copied]

User Contributed Dictionary



copie, copia "reproduction, transcript," from copia "plenty, means". It should be noted here of the possible relation of the modern copy to the hebrew כף caph. Although kaph means literally "cup", the kaph is also a hebrew letter that acts as a prepositional modifier meaning, appropriately, like or similar to.



  1. The result of copying (confer original); an identical duplication.
    Please bring me the copies of those reports.
  2. An imitation of inferior quality.
    That handbag is a copy. You can tell because the buckle is different.
  3. The text that is to be typeset.
  4. In the context of "marketing": The output of copywriters, who are employed to write material which encourages consumers to buy goods or services.
  5. The text of newspaper articles.
    Submit all copy to the appropriate editor.
  6. A school work pad.
    Tim got in trouble for forgetting his maths copy.
  7. A printed edition of a book or magazine.
    Have you seen the latest copy of "Newsweek" yet?



result of copying; an identical duplication
  • Czech: kopie, rozmnoženina
  • Finnish: kopio, jäljennös
imitation of inferior quality
  • Finnish: jäljitelmä, kopio
journalism: text that is to be typeset
  • Finnish: raakateksti
marketing: output of copywriter
  • Finnish: copy
text of a newspaper article
  • Finnish: teksti
school work pad
  • Finnish: vihko
printed edition of a book or magazine
  • Finnish: numero, kappale

Extensive Definition

Copy may refer to:
  • Copying or the product of copying, the duplication of information or an artifact
  • Copy (command), a shell command.
  • Copy (written), written content in publications, in contrast to photographs or other elements of layout
  • Copy and paste, a method of reproducing text or other data in computing
  • Photocopying, a process which makes paper copies of documents and other visual images
  • Fax, a telecommunications technology used to transfer copies of documents, especially over the telephone network
  • Facsimile, any copy or reproduction which bears a close resemblance to the original
  • Replica

See also

copy in Czech: Kopie
copy in German: Kopie
copy in French: Copie
copy in Macedonian: Копија
copy in Japanese: コピー
copy in Russian: Копия
copy in Simple English: Copy

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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