- 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.
copy definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle English copie, abundance, full transcript ; from Old French ; from Midieval Latin copia, copious transcript ; from Classical Latin copia, plenty: see copious
- 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
copy definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. cop·ies
- An imitation or reproduction of an original; a duplicate: a copy of a painting; made two copies of the letter.
- One specimen or example of a printed text or picture: an autographed copy of a novel.
- Material, such as a manuscript, that is to be set in type.
- The words to be printed or spoken in an advertisement.
- Suitable source material for journalism: Celebrities make good copy.
- To make a reproduction or copy of.
- To follow as a model or pattern; imitate. See Synonyms at imitate.
- To make a copy or copies.
- To admit of being copied: colored ink that does not copy well.
Origin: Middle English copie, from Old French, from Medieval Latin cōpia, transcript, from Latin, profusion; see op- in Indo-European roots.
- copˈy·a·ble, copˈi·a·ble adjective
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.