copy Definition

  • 1a thing made to be similar or identical to another
  • 2written or printed matter that is meant to be published or distributed
  • 3an imitation or reproduction of an original

Using copy: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "copy" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    I need a copy of that report.

  • Example

    She made a copy of the painting.

  • Example

    The book has sold over a million copies.

  • Example

    He writes copy for advertisements.

copy Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with copy

  • a printed version of a document or file


    Can you give me a hard copy of the report?

  • copy and paste

    to duplicate text or other content from one location and insert it into another location


    You can just copy and paste the information into the new document.

  • a person who imitates or copies the behavior or actions of another


    She's such a copycat, always wearing the same clothes as her friends.

Origins of copy

from Old French 'copie', from Latin 'copia', meaning 'abundance, plenty, supply'


Summary: copy in Brief

The term 'copy' [ˈkɒpi] refers to a similar or identical thing, written or printed matter, or an imitation or reproduction of an original. It includes phrases like 'hard copy,' meaning a printed version of a document, and 'copy and paste,' referring to duplicating content. 'Copy' also has a negative connotation in 'copycat,' describing a person who imitates others.

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