Definitions for: Copy


[n] a secondary representation of an original; "she made a copy of the designer dress"
[n] matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials
[n] a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record)
[n] material suitable for a journalistic account; "catastrophes make good copy"
[v] make a replica of; "copy that drawing"; "re-create a picture by Rembrandt"
[v] biology: reproduce or make an exact copy of; "replicate the cell"; "copy the genetic information"
[v] reproduce someone's behavior or looks; "The mime imitated the passers-by"; "Children often copy their parents or older siblings"
[v] copy down as is; "The students were made to copy the alphabet over and over"



Webster (1913) Definition: Cop"y (k[o^]p"[y^]), n.; pl. Copies (-[i^]z). [F.
copie, fr. L. copia abundance, number, LL. also, a
transcript; co- + the root of opes riches. See Opulent, and
cf. Copious.]
1. An abundance or plenty of anything. [Obs.]

She was blessed with no more copy of wit, but to
serve his humor thus. --B. Jonson.

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

I have not the vanity to think my copy equal to the
original. --Denham.

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

Let him first learn to write, after a copy, all the
letters. --Holder.

5. (print.) Manuscript or printed matter to be set up in
type; as, the printers are calling for more copy.

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

7. Copyhold; tenure; lease. [Obs.] --Shak.

Copy book, a book in which copies are written or printed
for learners to imitate.

Examined copies (Law), those which have been compared with
the originals.

Exemplified copies, those which are attested under seal of
a court.

Certified or Office copies, those which are made or
attested by officers having charge of the originals, and
authorized to give copies officially. --Abbot.

Syn: Imitation; transcript; duplicate; counterfeit.


Cop"y, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Copied; p. pr. & vb. n.
Copying.] [Cf. F. copir, fr. LL. copiare. See Copy, n.]
1. 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.

I like the work well; ere it be demanded (As like
enough it will), I'd have it copied. --Shak.

Let this be copied out, And keep it safe for our
remembrance. --Shak.

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

We copy instinctively the voices of our companions,
their accents, and their modes of pronunciation.
--Stewart.


Cop"y, v. i.
1. To make a copy or copies; to imitate.

2. To yield a duplicate or transcript; as, the letter did not
copy well.

Some . . . never fail, when they copy, to follow the
bad as well as the good things. --Dryden.

Synonyms: re-create, replicate, simulate, transcript, written matter

See Also: anamorphosis, autotype, back up, carbon, carbon copy, cast, casting, clone, conform to, copy out, counterfeit, create, double, dump, duplicate, duplicate, duplication, emulate, facsimile, fair copy, filler, follow, forgery, fourth estate, hectograph, imitate, imitation, journalism, make, manifold, material, mime, mimeo, mimeograph, mimic, miniature, mock, model, modification, news media, pattern, photocopy, quadruplicate, recopy, reduplicate, repeat, replica, replication, representation, reproduce, reproduction, roneo, take after, take off, text, textual matter, toy, trace, triplicate, write, written account, written record, xerox, xerox copy

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