Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “copy”

See all translations

copy

verb [T]  /ˈkɑp·i/ us  

copy verb [T] (PRODUCE)

to produce something that is exactly like another thing, or to do something meant to be like someone or something else: The design was copied from a 19th-century wallpaper. He copied the file onto a diskette.

copy

noun  /ˈkɑp·i/ us  

copy noun (TEXT)

[U] text that is to be printed, or text that is used to sell a product: She writes advertising copy.

copy noun (SOMETHING PRODUCED)

[C] something that is exactly like another thing: I always keep copies of letters I have written. Please make two copies of this. [C] A copy is also a single unit of something produced in large numbers, usually for sale: I had a copy of her latest CD somewhere. We ordered ten copies of the book.
(Definition of copy from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of copy?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

More American English definitions for “copy”

Definitions of “copy” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

bad/hard/tough luck

said to express sympathy with someone when something bad has happened to them

Word of the Day

Think long and hard; the language of decisions

by Liz Walter,
January 28, 2015
One of the best ways (perhaps the best way) to improve your English is to learn how words go together in phrases, idioms, or other patterns such as verb/noun or adjective/noun pairs (often called ‘collocations’). This blog looks at some useful phrases and collocations connected with the subject of decisions, something we

Read More 

micro pig noun

January 26, 2015
an extremely small pig, bred to be a pet Micro pigs have become popular pets recently, with famous owners including Victoria Beckham, Paris Hilton and Olympic diver, Tom Daley.

Read More