- 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 verbcop′ied, cop′y·ing
- to make a copy or copies of (a piece of writing, a computer file, etc.); reproduce, transcribe, etc.
- to make or do something in imitation of (some thing or person); imitate
- to hear and understand: used as in radio communication
- Informal to provide (someone) with a copy of a specified document, text, etc.: copy all staff members with the annual report
- Comput. to place (a copy of a file) onto a disk or other storage device: often with to