Definitions for copyˈkɒp i

This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word copy

Random House Webster's College Dictionary

cop•yˈkɒp i(n.; v.)(pl.)cop•ies, for 1, 2, 7, 9 , cop•ied, cop•y•ing.

  1. (n.)an imitation, reproduction, or transcript of an original:

    a copy of a famous painting.

  2. one of the various examples or specimens of the same book, engraving, or the like.

    Category: Printing

  3. matter intended to be reproduced in printed form.

    Category: Printing

  4. the text of a news story, advertisement, television commercial, or the like.

    Category: Printing, Journalism

  5. something newsworthy:

    Political gossip is always good copy.

    Category: Journalism

  6. Category: Genetics

    Ref: replication (def. 6). 7

  7. Archaic. something that is to be reproduced; model.

  8. (v.t.)to make a copy of; transcribe; reproduce.

  9. to follow as a pattern or model; imitate.

  10. (v.i.)to make a copy or copies.

  11. to undergo copying:

    It copied poorly.

Origin of copy:

1300–50; ME copie (< AF) < ML cōpia copy, L: abundance, means; see copious

Princeton's WordNet

  1. transcript, copy(noun)

    a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record)

  2. copy(noun)

    a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing

    "she made a copy of the designer dress"; "the clone was a copy of its ancestor"

  3. copy, written matter(noun)

    matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials

  4. copy(verb)

    material suitable for a journalistic account

    "catastrophes make good copy"

  5. copy(verb)

    copy down as is

    "The students were made to copy the alphabet over and over"

  6. imitate, copy, simulate(verb)

    reproduce someone's behavior or looks

    "The mime imitated the passers-by"; "Children often copy their parents or older siblings"

  7. replicate, copy(verb)

    reproduce or make an exact copy of

    "replicate the cell"; "copy the genetic information"

  8. copy, re-create(verb)

    make a replica of

    "copy that drawing"; "re-create a picture by Rembrandt"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. copy(noun)ˈkɒp i

    ≠ original

    a copy of a Picasso; to make a copy of the page

  2. copyˈkɒp i

    a single one of many that are exactly the same

    a signed copy of his latest novel

  3. copy(verb)ˈkɒp i

    to make a copy

    They had copied my signature.; Copy the file onto disk.

  4. copyˈkɒp i

    to imitate what sb does; = mimic

    babies copying their older siblings; Listen and copy what I say.

  5. copyˈkɒp i

    to write exactly the same words as sb else

    students copying long paragraphs directly from the Internet


  1. copy(Noun)

    The result of copying (confer original); an identical duplication.

    Please bring me the copies of those reports.

  2. copy(Noun)

    An imitation, sometimes of inferior quality.

    That handbag is a copy. You can tell because the buckle is different.

  3. copy(Noun)

    The text that is to be typeset.

  4. copy(Noun)

    A gender-neutral abbreviation for copy boy

  5. copy(Noun)

    The output of copywriters, who are employed to write material which encourages consumers to buy goods or services.

  6. copy(Noun)

    The text of newspaper articles.

    Submit all copy to the appropriate editor.

  7. copy(Noun)

    A school work pad.

    Tim got in trouble for forgetting his maths copy.

  8. copy(Noun)

    A printed edition of a book or magazine.

    Have you seen the latest copy of "Newsweek" yet?

  9. copy(Verb)

    To produce an object identical to a given object.

    Please copy these reports for me

  10. copy(Verb)

    To place a copy of an object in memory for later use.

    First copy the files, and then paste them in another directory.

  11. copy(Verb)

    To imitate.

  12. copy(Verb)

    Receive a transmission successfully.

    Do you copy?

  13. Origin: From copie, from copia, from copia, from *, from co- + ops.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Copy(noun)

    an abundance or plenty of anything

  2. Copy(noun)

    an imitation, transcript, or reproduction of an original work; as, a copy of a letter, an engraving, a painting, or a statue

  3. Copy(noun)

    an individual book, or a single set of books containing the works of an author; as, a copy of the Bible; a copy of the works of Addison

  4. Copy(noun)

    that which is to be imitated, transcribed, or reproduced; a pattern, model, or example; as, his virtues are an excellent copy for imitation

  5. Copy(noun)

    manuscript or printed matter to be set up in type; as, the printers are calling for more copy

  6. Copy(noun)

    a writing paper of a particular size. Same as Bastard. See under Paper

  7. Copy(noun)

    copyhold; tenure; lease

  8. Copy(noun)

    to make a copy or copies of; to write; print, engrave, or paint after an original; to duplicate; to reproduce; to transcribe; as, to copy a manuscript, inscription, design, painting, etc.; -- often with out, sometimes with off

  9. Copy(noun)

    to imitate; to attempt to resemble, as in manners or course of life

  10. Copy(verb)

    to make a copy or copies; to imitate

  11. Copy(verb)

    to yield a duplicate or transcript; as, the letter did not copy well


  1. Copy

    Copy refers to written material, in contrast to photographs or other elements of layout, in a large number of contexts, including magazines, advertising, and book publishing. In advertising, web marketing and similar fields, copy refers to the output of copywriters, who are employed to write material which encourages consumers to buy goods or services. In publishing more generally, the term copy refers to the text in books, magazines, and newspapers. In books, it means the text as written by the author, which the copy editor then prepares for typesetting and printing. In newspapers and magazines, "body copy", the main article or text that writers are responsible for, is contrasted with "display copy," accompanying material such as headlines and captions, which are usually written by copy editors or sub-editors.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'copy' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2166

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'copy' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1392

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'copy' in Nouns Frequency: #560

  4. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'copy' in Verbs Frequency: #697

Translations for copy

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an imitation or reproduction

That dress is a copy of one I saw at a Paris fashion show; He made eight copies of the pamphlet on the photocopier.

Get even more translations for copy »


Find a translation for the copy definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these copy definitions with the community:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"copy." STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 28 Nov. 2014. <>.

Are we missing a good definition for copy?

The Web's Largest Resource for

Definitions & Translations

A Member Of The STANDS4 Network

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for copy: