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n. pl. cop·ies
a. An imitation or reproduction of an original; a duplicate: a copy of a painting; made two copies of the letter.
b. Computers A file that has the same data as another file: stored on the server a copy of every document.
c. One example of a printed text, picture, film, or recording: an autographed copy of a novel.
a. Material, such as a manuscript, that is to be set in type.
b. The words to be printed or spoken in an advertisement.
c. Suitable source material for journalism: Celebrities make good copy.
v. cop·ied, cop·y·ing, cop·ies
1. To make a reproduction or copy of: copied the note letter for letter; copied the file to a disk.
2. To follow as a model or pattern; imitate. See Synonyms at imitate.
3. To include as an additional recipient of a written communication: Please copy me when you reply to her.
1. To make a copy or copies.
2. To admit of being copied: colored ink that does not copy well.
3. To hear clearly or understand something said by radio communication: Mayday. Do you copy?

[Middle English copie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cōpia, transcript, from Latin, profusion; see op- in Indo-European roots.]

cop′y·a·ble, cop′i·a·ble adj.


the act of copying


See also printing.

1. the practice of imitation, especially in art or literature.
2. an instance of such imitation. — copyist, n.
an instrument for cutting stencils from which multiple copies of an original can be made. — cyclostylar, adj.
a device used for the mechanical reproduction of plans, outlines, etc., on any scale.
an exact copy. — ectypal, adj.
a copy produced by hectography. Also called chromograph.
a reproductive process involving a prepared gelatin surf ace to which the original writing has been transferred. — hectographic, hektographic, adj.
the art or practice of producing multiple copies of an original by means of a machine. — mechanographist, n. — mechanographic, adj.
a mechanical device for making copies of plans or drawings on a scale different from that of the original. — pantographic, adj.
the transmission of pictures, print, etc., by means of radio or telegraphy. — phototelegraphic, adj.
a device for producing copies of a drawing or of writing. — polygrapher, — polygraphist, n. — polygraphic, adj.
a collective term, introduced by UNESCO, for all processes of producing facsimiles of documents.
Rare. a process for copying a pattern by means of electrolysis.
a process for copying graphic matter by electrostatically charging a surface in areas corresponding to the printed areas of the original so that powdered resin carrying an opposite charge adheres to them and can be fused to the surface by pressure, heat, or both. — xerographic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.copying - an act of copyingcopying - an act of copying      
repeating, repetition - the act of doing or performing again
duplication, gemination - the act of copying or making a duplicate (or duplicates) of something; "this kind of duplication is wasteful"
replication, reproduction - the act of making copies; "Gutenberg's reproduction of holy texts was far more efficient"
imitation - copying (or trying to copy) the actions of someone else


A. N
1. (= imitation) children learn by copyinglos niños aprenden por imitación
2. (Scol) (= cheating) copying will be severely punishedel que sea descubierto copiando recibirá un severo castigo
B. CPD copying ink N (for machine use) → tinta f de copiar
copying machine Ncopiadora f


[ˈkɒpɪɪŋ] adj copying inkinchiostro copiativo
References in classic literature ?
I immediately commenced copying them, and in a short time was able to make the four letters named.
On a large transparent sheet, compass and square in hand, he was copying what appeared to be a scale of some sort or other.
At this very moment I am copying out a document for him.
The previous evening he had furtively entered the study where Sebastien was at work, and had seen him copying some papers for Rabourdin; he concealed himself until he saw Sebastien leave the premises without taking any papers away with him.
There are papers (as doubtless you see [for your eyes are young] by the outsides) that require copying.
But she had succeeded in making it a matter of course that she should take her place at an early hour in the library and have work either of reading aloud or copying assigned her.