- The definition of a copy is an exact duplicate of someone or something.
An example of copy is a print from a digital photo.
- Copy means to repeat something that someone else already did.
An example of to copy is a dancer watching a choreographer dance and then doing the same dance moves.
- a thing made just like another; imitation of an original; full reproduction or transcription
- Now Rare a model or pattern, as of penmanship, to be imitated or reproduced
- any of a number of books, magazines, engravings, etc. printed from the same plates or having the same printed matter
- matter to be set in type or put on a printing plate
- subject matter for a journalist, novelist, etc.: a trip that made good copy
- the words of an advertisement, as distinct from the layout, pictures, music, etc.
Origin of copyMiddle English copie, abundance, full transcript ; from Old French ; from Medieval Latin copia, copious transcript ; from Classical Latin copia, plenty: see copious
intransitive verbcopied, copying
- to make a copy or copies of (a piece of writing, etc.); reproduce; transcribe
- to make or do something in imitation of (some thing or person); imitate
- Informal to provide (someone) with a copy of a specified document, text, etc.: copy all staff members with the annual report
- 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.
verbcop·ied, cop·y·ing, cop·ies
- To make a reproduction or copy of: copied the note letter for letter; copied the file to a disk.
- To follow as a model or pattern; imitate. See Synonyms at imitate.
- To include as an additional recipient of a written communication: Please copy me when you reply to her.
- To make a copy or copies.
- To admit of being copied: colored ink that does not copy well.
- To hear clearly or understand something said by radio communication: Mayday. Do you copy?
Origin of copyMiddle 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
- The result of copying; an identical duplicate of an original.
- Please bring me the copies of those reports.
- An imitation, sometimes of inferior quality.
- That handbag is a copy. You can tell because the buckle is different.
- (journalism) The text that is to be typeset.
- (journalism) A gender-neutral abbreviation for copy boy
- (marketing) The output of copywriters, who are employed to write material which encourages consumers to buy goods or services.
- (uncountable) The text of newspaper articles.
- Submit all copy to the appropriate editor.
- A school work pad.
- Tim got in trouble for forgetting his maths copy.
- A printed edition of a book or magazine.
- Have you seen the latest copy of "Newsweek" yet?
- The library has several copies of the Bible.
- Writing paper of a particular size, called also bastard.
(third-person singular simple present copies, present participle copying, simple past and past participle copied)
- To produce an object identical to a given object.
- Please copy these reports for me
- (computing) To place a copy of an object in memory for later use.
- First copy the files, and then paste them in another directory.
- To imitate.
- Don't copy my dance moves.
- Mom, he's copying me!
- (radio) To receive a transmission successfully.
- Do you copy?
copy - Computer Definition
(2) An internal DOS/Windows command for creating duplicate disk files. The Copy command, which uses a straightforward COPY-FROM-TO format, is widely used by programmers and power users. Following are several examples: COPY TO/FROM USB DRIVE E: copy *.* e: all files to E drive copy e:\*.* all files from E drive COPY FILES IN CURRENT FOLDER TO A DIFFERENT FOLDER copy *.gif \backup copy sales.doc \sales COPY FILES IN ANOTHER FOLDER TO THIS FOLDER copy \images\*.gif copy \sales\sales.doc COPY AND RENAME copy logo.png logo2.png COPY AND VERIFY copy *.gif \backup /v
Remember!There is less to type if you are already in the folder you want to copy to. For example, if you want to copy into \budgets\2012, you can perform the operation from any command prompt, but if you change to the destination folder, there is less to type, as follows: C:\ABC>copy \xyz\*.* \budgets\2012 C:\ABC>copy \jkl\*.* \budgets\2012 C:\ABC>copy \mno\*.* \budgets\2012 C:\ABC>cd \budgets\2012 C:\BUDGETS\2012>copy \xyz\*.* C:\BUDGETS\2012>copy \jkl\*.* C:\BUDGETS\2012>copy \mno\*.*
Xcopy for More OptionsThe Copy command is very useful, but the Xcopy command can copy both files and folders and create new folders on the destination disk. See Xcopy.
copy - Legal Definition
- A duplicate, imitation, reproduction, or transcript of an original.
- One of multiple originals.