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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 ?
Little Raphael," as her sisters called her, had a decided talent for drawing, and was never so happy as when copying flowers, designing fairies, or illustrating stories with queer specimens of art.
To be sure, you have found some way of copying the portrait without its black velvet cap and gray beard, and have given him a modern coat and satin cravat, instead of his cloak and band.
Grace being said, -- for those people have their grace as well as we --though Queequeg told me that unlike us, who at such times look downwards to our platters, they, on the contrary, copying the ducks, glance upwards to the great Giver of all feasts --Grace, I say, being said, the High Priest opens the banquet by the immemorial ceremony of the island; that is, dipping his consecrated and consecrating fingers into the bowl before the blessed beverage circulates.
She was suspected of copying answers from other girls' slates, although she had never been caught in the act.
I immediately commenced copying them, and in a short time was able to make the four letters named.
Knightley's downright, decided, commanding sort of manner, though it suits him very well; his figure, and look, and situation in life seem to allow it; but if any young man were to set about copying him, he would not be sufferable.
Yes, but I had only the credit of servilely copying such sentences as I was ashamed to put my name to.
Yet at that moment Helen Burns wore on her arm "the untidy badge;" scarcely an hour ago I had heard her condemned by Miss Scatcherd to a dinner of bread and water on the morrow because she had blotted an exercise in copying it out.
The double task of exactly imitating a strange handwriting, and accurately copying words written in a language with which he was but slightly acquainted, presented more difficulties to be overcome than the captain had anticipated.
The door of Scrooge's counting-house was open that he might keep his eye upon his clerk, who in a dismal little cell beyond, a sort of tank, was copying letters.
raising her cheerful face from the music she is copying.
Still it seems to me that translation from one language into another, if it be not from the queens of languages, the Greek and the Latin, is like looking at Flemish tapestries on the wrong side; for though the figures are visible, they are full of threads that make them indistinct, and they do not show with the smoothness and brightness of the right side; and translation from easy languages argues neither ingenuity nor command of words, any more than transcribing or copying out one document from another.