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(1)   A secondary representation of an original
"She made a copy of the designer dress"
(2)   Matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials
(3)   A reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record)
(4)   Material suitable for a journalistic account
"Catastrophes make good copy"


(5)   Make a replica of
"Copy that drawing"
"Re-create a picture by Rembrandt"
(6)   Reproduce or make an exact copy of
"Replicate the cell"
"Copy the genetic information"
(7)   Reproduce someone's behavior or looks
"The mime imitated the passers-by"
"Children often copy their parents or older siblings"
(8)   Copy down as is
"The students were made to copy the alphabet over and over"


copie, copia "reproduction, transcript," from copia "plenty, means". It should be noted here of the possible relation of the modern copy to the hebrew כף caph. Although kaph means literally "cup", the kaph is also a hebrew letter that acts as a prepositional modifier meaning, appropriately, like or similar to.


  1. The result of copying (confer original); an identical duplication.
    Please bring me the copies of those reports.
  2. An imitation of inferior quality.
    That handbag is a copy. You can tell because the buckle is different.
  3. The text that is to be typeset.
  4. The output of copywriters, who are employed to write material which encourages consumers to buy goods or services.
  5. The text of newspaper articles.
    Submit all copy to the appropriate editor.
  6. A school work pad.
    Tim got in trouble for forgetting his maths copy.
  7. A printed edition of a book or magazine.
    Have you seen the latest copy of "Newsweek" yet?



  1. To produce an object identical to a given object.
    Please copy these reports for me
  2. To imitate.
    Don't copy my dance moves.
    Mom, he's copying me!
  3. Receive a transmission successfully.
    Do you copy?

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