What does copy mean?

Definitions for copyˈkɒp i

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word copy.

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"


  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

  12. Origin: [Cf. F. copir, fr. LL. copiare. See Copy, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Copy

    kop′i, n. an imitation from an original pattern, a transcript: that which is imitated: a specimen of penmanship to be imitated: the original work from which an imitation or reproduction is made: manuscript for printing.—v.t. to write, paint, &c. after an original: to imitate: to transcribe:—pa.p. cop′ied.—ns. Cop′ier, Cop′yer, one who copies: an imitator; Cop′y-book, a book in which copies are written or printed for imitation; Cop′yhold (Eng. law), a species of estate or right of holding land, for which the owner can only show the copy of the rolls originally made by the steward of the lord's court; Cop′yholder, one who has a tenure of land by copyhold; Cop′ying-press, a machine for copying manuscript letters by pressure; Cop′yism, the practice of the copyist; Cop′yist, one whose business is to copy documents; Copy′right, the exclusive right of an author or his heirs to multiply copies of a written or printed composition, or of a work of art (for books in England the term is forty-two years, or the life of the author and seven years, whichever is longer).—adj. protected by copyright.—v.t. to secure the copyright of.—A copy of verses, a set of verses, esp. a college exercise. [Fr. copie, from L. copia, plenty; in Low L. a transcript.]

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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


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of copy in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of copy in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Great poets are great copy editors.

  2. Pablo Picasso:

    Good artists copy, great artists steal

  3. Luz Cantres:

    I'm trying to copy what I see but letting it flow.

  4. Anonymous:

    Shell to DOS... Come in DOS, do you copy Shell to DOS...

  5. Anatole France:

    When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.

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Translations for copy

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • نسخة, انتسخ, نسخArabic
  • күсермә, данаBashkir
  • брой, копие, екземпляр, материал за набиране, копирам, подражавамBulgarian
  • còpia, copiarCatalan, Valencian
  • rozmnoženina, kopie, kopírovatCzech
  • copi, efelychu, copïoWelsh
  • kopi, eksemplar, efterligne, kopiereDanish
  • Kopie, empfangen, nachmachen, kapieren, verstanden, kopierenGerman
  • αντίτυπο, κακέκτυπο, αντίγραφο, πλαστογραφώ, αντιγράφω, μιμούμαιGreek
  • kopio, kopiiEsperanto
  • copia, ejemplar, copiar, recibir, imitarSpanish
  • koopiaEstonian
  • رونوشت, کپی, کپی کردن, رونویسیPersian
  • kappale, raakateksti, teksti, vihko, jäljitelmä, copy, mainosteksti, jäljennös, kopio, numero, jäljitellä, jäljentää, kopioida, vastaanottaa, kopsataFinnish
  • copie, exemplaire, copier, recevoir, imiterFrench
  • copaidh, lethbhreac, ath-sgrìobh, dèan lethbhreacScottish Gaelic
  • copia, copiarGalician
  • חיקה, הכין עותקHebrew
  • प्रति, प्रतिलिपिHindi
  • szám, másolat, kópia, példány, vesz, utánoz, fogad, másolHungarian
  • պատճենArmenian
  • copia, replica, ricevere, copiare, imitareItalian
  • コピー, 複写, 写すJapanese
  • კოპირებაGeorgian
  • 모사, 複寫하다, 복사Korean
  • kapeMāori
  • tiru, terima, salinMalay
  • kopie, editie, kopij, nabootsing, namaak, afschrift, naäpen, nabootsen, kopiëren, ontvangen, nadoenDutch
  • motta, kopiereNorwegian
  • egzemplarz, kopia, udawać, podwajać, odbierać, naśladować, kopiować, KopiujPolish
  • réplica, cópia, exemplar, copiar, receber, imitarPortuguese
  • copie, duplicat, copia, imitaRomanian
  • рукопись, копия, экземпляр, текст, материал, подделка, дубликат, понимать, принимать, дублировать, принять, подражать, копироватьRussian
  • kopija, duplikat, preslikaSerbo-Croatian
  • kopija, duplikat, kopirati, razmnoževati, prekopirati, razmnožitiSlovene
  • nummer, kopia, motta, kopiera, mottaga, härmaSwedish
  • nakalaSwahili
  • అనుకరించుTelugu
  • עקזעמפּלאַרYiddish

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