Meaning of COPY in English


/ ˈkɒpi; NAmE ˈkɑːpi/ noun , verb

■ noun ( pl. -ies )


[ C ] copy (of sth) a thing that is made to be the same as sth else, especially a document or a work of art :

I will send you a copy of the report.

The thieves replaced the original painting with a copy.

You should make a copy of the disk as a backup.

—see also hard copy


[ C ] a single example of a book, newspaper, etc. of which many have been made :

a copy of 'The Times'

The book sold 20 000 copies within two weeks.

—see also back copy


[ U ] written material that is to be printed in a newspaper, magazine, etc.; news or information that can be used in a newspaper article or advertisement :

The subeditors prepare the reporters' copy for the paper and write the headlines.

This will make great copy for the advertisement.


= photocopy :

Could I have ten copies of this page, please?


[ C ] ( IndE ) a book used by students for writing exercises, etc. in

■ verb ( cop·ies , copy·ing , cop·ied , cop·ied )


[ vn ] to make sth that is exactly like sth else :

They copied the designs from those on Greek vases.

Everything in the computer's memory can be copied onto disks.


[ vn ] copy sth (from sth) (into / onto sth) | copy sth (down / out) to write sth exactly as it is written somewhere else :

She copied the phone number into her address book.

I copied out several poems.


[ vn ] to behave or do sth in the same way as sb else

SYN imitate :

She copies everything her sister does.

Their tactics have been copied by other terrorist organizations.


[ v ] copy (from / off sb) to cheat in an exam, school work, etc. by writing what sb else has written and pretending it is your own work


[ vn ] ( especially NAmE ) = photocopy


- copy sb in (on sth)



Middle English (denoting a transcript or copy of a document): from Old French copie (noun), copier (verb), from Latin copia abundance (in medieval Latin transcript, from such phrases as copiam describendi facere give permission to transcribe).

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.