Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “copy”

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

mutant

an organism that is different from others of its type because of a permanent change in its genes

Word of the Day

What’s that lovely smell?

by Kate Woodford​,
October 29, 2014
As adult humans, we can distinguish about 10,000 different smells. It’s no wonder, then, that we have so many words and expressions to describe them. This week we’re taking a look at those smell words – words that describe good smells and words that describe bad smells. Most smell words are either

Read More 

high-frequency trading noun

October 27, 2014
a type of stock market trading that uses very complex technology to trade extremely quickly, often making tiny profits which nevertheless add up to substantial sums Lewis’s book, Flash Boys, is driving a huge amount of attention toward the topic of high frequency trading, and it has rekindled some of

Read More