copy Meaning, Definition & Usage
noun a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record)
noun a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing
- she made a copy of the designer dress
- the clone was a copy of its ancestor
noun matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials
noun material suitable for a journalistic account
- catastrophes make good copy
verb copy down as is
- The students were made to copy the alphabet over and over
verb reproduce someone's behavior or looks
- The mime imitated the passers-by
- Children often copy their parents or older siblings
verb reproduce or make an exact copy of
- replicate the cell
- copy the genetic information
verb make a replica of
- copy that drawing
- re-create a picture by Rembrandt
An abundance or plenty of anything.Obs.
She was blessed with no more copy of wit, but to serve his humor thus. B. Jonson.
An imitation, transcript, or reproduction of an original work; as, a. copyof a letter, an engraving, a painting, or a statue
I have not the vanity to think my copy equal to the original. Denham.
An individual book, or a single set of books containing the works of an author; as, a copyof the Bible; a copyof the works of Addison.
That which is to be imitated, transcribed, or reproduced; a pattern, model, or example; as, his virtues are an excellent. copyfor imitation
Let him first learn to write, after a copy, all the letters. Holder.
(print.) Manuscript or printed matter to be set up in type; as, the printers are calling for more. copy
A writing paper f a particular size. Same as Bastard. See under Paper.
Copyhold; tenure; lease.Obs. Shak. Abbot. Syn. -- Imitation; transcript; duplicate; counterfeit.
Cop"y transitive verb
To make a copy or copies of; to write; print, engrave, or paint after an original; to duplicate; to reproduce; to transcribe; as, to; -- often with out, sometimes with off. copya manuscript, inscription, design, painting, etc.
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.
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 intransitive verb
To make a copy or copies; to imitate.
To yield a duplicate or transcript; as, the letter did not. copywell
Some . . . never fail, when they copy, to follow the bad as well as the good things. Dryden.
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