Meaning of COPY in English
I. cop ‧ y 1 S1 W2 /ˈkɒpi $ ˈkɑːpi/ BrE AmE noun ( plural copies )
[ Date: 1300-1400 ; Language: Old French ; Origin: copie , from Latin copia ; ⇨ ↑ copious ]
1 . [countable] something that is made to be exactly like another thing
She forwarded them a copy of her British passport.
This chair is a copy of an original design.
Be sure to make copies of all the documents.
back-up copies of your files
2 . [countable] one of many books, magazines, records etc that are all exactly the same
We have six copies of the movie to give away.
a copy of the local newspaper
The hardback costs £16.99 a copy.
The record sold a million copies.
Free copies are available on request.
3 . [uncountable] technical something written in order to be printed in a newspaper, magazine, advertisement etc:
Now that I’ve seen the finished copy, I’m delighted.
4 . good copy informal interesting news:
The interviews made good copy and helped with the film’s publicity.
⇨ ↑ fair copy , ↑ hard copy , ↑ soft copy
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▪ be a copy of something
The rug is a copy of a fine Chinese carpet.
▪ make a copy of something
Make a copy of the letter before you send it.
▪ keep a copy of something ( also retain a copy of something formal )
Did you keep a copy of the email?
▪ send/receive a copy of something
Could you send me a copy of the agreement?
▪ attach a copy of something (=in an email)
I’m attaching a copy of the schedule.
■ ADJECTIVES/NOUN + copy
▪ a good copy (=one that is very like the original)
The painting is a good copy of the original.
▪ a close copy (=a good copy)
It is a close copy of a bronze figure found in Iceland.
▪ a back-up copy (=made in case the original is lost)
Be sure you regularly make back-up copies of your data.
II. copy 2 S2 BrE AmE verb ( past tense and past participle copied , present participle copying , third person singular copies )
1 . [intransitive and transitive] to deliberately make or produce something that is exactly like another thing:
Could you copy this letter and send it out, please?
To copy a file, press F3.
copy (something) from something
a design copied from an 18th-century wallpaper
The pupils just copy from textbooks and learn facts.
copy something into something
He copied the number into his notebook (=wrote the same number there) .
2 . [transitive] to deliberately do something that someone else has done or behave like someone else:
Children often copy what they see on television.
I found myself copying him and his mannerisms.
3 . [intransitive and transitive] to cheat in an examination, schoolwork etc by looking at someone else’s work and writing the same thing as they have
Jeremy had copied from the girl next to him.
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▪ copy to deliberately make or produce something that is exactly like another thing:
You could copy the files onto a CD.
Many people have tried to copy his paintings.
▪ photocopy to copy a piece of paper with writing or pictures on it, using a machine:
I’ll photocopy the letter and give it to you.
▪ reproduce to print a copy of a picture or document, especially in a book or newspaper:
The image has been reproduced in many magazines and newspapers around the world.
▪ forge to illegally copy something written or printed:
He forged my signature.
forged £10 notes
▪ pirate to illegally copy and sell something such as a book, video, DVD, or computer program:
The survey suggests that 27% of software in the UK has been pirated.
copy something ↔ down phrasal verb
to write something down exactly as it was said or written:
I must have copied your number down wrong.
copy somebody in phrasal verb
to send someone a copy of an email message you are sending to someone else
copy somebody in on
Can you copy me in on the memo you’re sending to Chris?
copy something ↔ out phrasal verb
to write something again exactly as it is written in the document that you are looking at:
The monks copied their manuscripts out by hand.
copy something ↔ up phrasal verb British English
to write something again in a better or neater form SYN write up :
It is important to copy up your notes soon after the lecture.
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English. Longman - Словарь современного английского языка. 2012