from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An imitation or reproduction of an original; a duplicate: a copy of a painting; made two copies of the letter.
  • n. One specimen or example of a printed text or picture: an autographed copy of a novel.
  • n. Material, such as a manuscript, that is to be set in type.
  • n. The words to be printed or spoken in an advertisement.
  • n. Suitable source material for journalism: Celebrities make good copy.
  • transitive v. To make a reproduction or copy of.
  • transitive v. To follow as a model or pattern; imitate. See Synonyms at imitate.
  • intransitive v. To make a copy or copies.
  • intransitive v. To admit of being copied: colored ink that does not copy well.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The result of copying (confer original); an identical duplication.
  • n. An imitation, sometimes of inferior quality.
  • n. The text that is to be typeset.
  • n. A gender-neutral abbreviation for copy boy
  • n. The output of copywriters, who are employed to write material which encourages consumers to buy goods or services.
  • n. The text of newspaper articles.
  • n. A school work pad.
  • n. A printed edition of a book or magazine.
  • v. To produce an object identical to a given object.
  • v. To place a copy of an object in memory for later use.
  • v. To imitate.
  • v. (radio) Receive a transmission successfully.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An abundance or plenty of anything.
  • n. An imitation, transcript, or reproduction of an original work.
  • n. An individual book, or a single set of books containing the works of an author.
  • n. That which is to be imitated, transcribed, or reproduced; a pattern, model, or example.
  • n. Manuscript or printed matter to be set up in type.
  • n. A writing paper of a particular size. Same as Bastard. See under Paper.
  • n. Copyhold; tenure; lease.
  • intransitive v. To make a copy or copies; to imitate.
  • intransitive v. To yield a duplicate or transcript.
  • transitive v. To make a copy or copies of; to write; print, engrave, or paint after an original; to duplicate; to reproduce; to transcribe; ; -- often with out, sometimes with off.
  • transitive v. To imitate; to attempt to resemble, as in manners or course of life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To imitate; follow as a model or pattern.
  • To make a copy of; duplicate; reproduce; transcribe: sometimes followed by out, especially when applied to writing: as, to copy out a set of figures.
  • To imitate, or endeavor to be like, something regarded as a model; do something in imitation of an exemplar: sometimes followed by after: as. to copy after bad precedents.
  • n. Abundance; plenty; copiousness.
  • n. A duplication, transcription, imitation, or reproduction of something; that which is not an original.
  • n. Specifically A completed reproduction, or one of a set or number of reproductions or imitations, containing the same matter, or having the same form and appearance, or executed in the same style, as an exemplar; a duplicate; a transcript: as, a copy of the Bible.
  • n. The thing copied or to be copied; something set for imitation or reproduction; a pattern, exemplar, or model; specifically, an example of penmanship to be copied by a pupil.
  • n. In printing, written or printed matter given to the printer to be reproduced in type.
  • n. Right to the use of literary manuscript; copyright.
  • n. A copyhold tenure; tenure in general.
  • n. A size of writing-paper measuring 16 X 20 inches.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. reproduce someone's behavior or looks
  • v. reproduce or make an exact copy of
  • n. a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record)
  • v. copy down as is
  • n. material suitable for a journalistic account
  • n. a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing
  • n. matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials
  • v. make a replica of


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French copie, from Medieval Latin copia ("reproduction, transcript"), from Latin cōpia ("plenty, abundance"), from *coopia, from co- ("together") + ops ("wealth, riches").


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