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or copy edit also cop·y-ed·it  (kŏp′ē-ĕd′ĭt)
tr.v. cop·y·ed·it·ed, cop·y·ed·it·ing, cop·y·ed·its
To correct and prepare (a manuscript, for example) for publication.
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or cop′y-ed`it,

1. to edit (a text) for publication.
2. to work on (copy) as a copyreader.
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Verb1.copyedit - edit and correct (written or printed material)
edit, redact - prepare for publication or presentation by correcting, revising, or adapting; "Edit a book on lexical semantics"; "she edited the letters of the politician so as to omit the most personal passages"
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Harris's "Ain't No Meditation in the Hood." I copyedit two Buddhist magazines, Buddhadharma and Lion's Roar (formerly Shambhola Sun), which regularly feature stories about lack of diversity and access to Buddhist communities and their resources, such as meditation, and the attempt to broaden their reach.
bigwords101 offers student discounts for editing services and will copyedit and proofread college application essays.
To prepare each paper for print publication, EHP staff will convert electronic material to a desktop publishing format and copyedit the manuscript.
Serratelli of Paterson, N.J., called the changes "minor" and akin to a "copyedit."
newspapers, my colleague John Russial found that in only half of the newsrooms were stories posted online always copyedited. Among larger newspapers (circulation above 100,000), a quarter reported they never copyedit online stories.
After I'd been working on Oswald's Tale for a couple of months, Norman asked if I'd copyedit another book he was working on (Picasso, which he would publish with Grove Atlantic).
Yeah, we'll have to flay the copyeditor who missed that or the editor who changed it after copyedit. Once each is done denying they did it, that is.
A careful copyedit for further editions is suggested.
Our subscribers copyedit; the number of those who bear the title 'copy editor' decreases year on year.
Rule 5 is equally valuable: "Be realistic about how many hours a day you can copyedit and still do a good job" (p.
Here's an example of the difference: the verb copyedit is used frequently in "The Chicago Manual" and is listed in its recommended dictionary; it is not used in "The AP Stylebook" and listed only as copy-edit in its recommended dictionary.
The reason, I suspect, is that they just don't know how to copyedit -- to turn obscurity into clarity, vague arguments into strong arguments, the dull into the lively, the pallid into the vivid, the disorganized into the organized.