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Meaning of “copy” in the English Dictionary

"copy" in British English

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copyverb [I or T]

uk   /ˈkɒp.i/  us   /ˈkɑː.pi/
A2 to ​produce something so that it is the same as an ​originalpiece of ​work: They've copied the ​basicdesign from the ​Japanesemodel and ​added a few of ​their own refinements. Patricia's going to copy her ​novel onto a ​flashdrive and ​send it to me.disapproving He was always copying from/off other ​students (= ​cheating by copying), but never got ​caught.

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copy and paste If you copy and ​paste something on a ​computerscreen, you ​move it from one ​area to another.

copynoun

uk   /ˈkɒp.i/  us   /ˈkɑː.pi/
  • copy noun (VERSION)

B1 [C] something that has been made to be ​exactly like something ​else: This ​painting is only a copy - the ​originalhangs in the Louvre. I always keep a copy of any ​official or ​importantletters that I ​send off. Could you make a copy of (= use a ​specialmachine to copy) this for tomorrow's ​meeting, ​please?B2 [C] a ​singlebook, ​newspaper, ​record, or other ​printed or ​recordedtext of which many have been ​produced: The ​library has copies of all the ​national and ​localnewspapers.

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  • copy noun (TEXT)

[U] written ​text that is to be ​printed, or ​text that is ​intended to ​help with the ​sale of a ​product: We need someone who can write good copy for ​ourpublicitydepartment.
(Definition of copy from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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copyverb [T]

 us   /ˈkɑp·i/
  • 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.

copynoun

 us   /ˈkɑp·i/
  • 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 ​singleunit of something ​produced in ​largenumbers, 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)

"copy" in Business English

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copynoun

uk   us   /ˈkɒpi/
[C] COMMERCE a ​singlebook, ​newspaper, CD, or other ​printed or ​recordedproduct, of which many have been ​produced: The 600-page ​volume has become an ​instanthit, ​selling 250,000 copies since its ​publication in October.a copy of sth Order your copy of her new album today! The ​company is ​offering a free copy of their ​anti-virussoftware.
[C] a ​document or other ​printedmaterial that is exactly the same as another one, ​produced, for ​example, by using a photocopier or ​printing it more than once from a ​computer: Enclosed is a signed copy of the ​contract.make/take a copy I will need to take a copy of your ​passport.
[C] IT a ​computerfile, ​document, etc. that is ​created to be exactly the same as another one: Before ​working on the ​file, make a copy and ​save it in another ​folder.
[C] COMMERCE a ​product that is made to ​look the same as another ​product, especially ​illegally: If you ​look closely at the ​label, you can tell it's a copy. The ​factories were for making illegal copies of ​software, ​CDs, and ​DVDs.
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[U] MARKETING the words used in ​advertising to ​helpsell a ​product: The advertising copy is ​tested with ​consumersurveys.
[U] writing that is going to be ​printed in a ​book, ​magazine, etc.: The copy will be ​checked several ​times before ​publication.

copyverb [T]

uk   us   /ˈkɒpi/
to make a copy of a ​letter, ​document, etc.: He was ​asked to copy the ​documents to ​keep on ​record. copy sth to sb The ​report was copied to all the ​seniormembers of the ​department.
IT to make a copy of a ​computerfile, ​document, ​email, etc.: Copy the ​files and put them in a new ​folder.copy sth to sb Every ​email I ​send out, I also copy to my ​boss.
copy and paste IT to make a copy of something on a ​computerscreen and put it in a different ​place in a ​document or in a new ​document, ​file, or directory: Copy and ​paste the ​text from the ​box into a word ​processordocument.
to use someone else's ​idea, ​design, etc., often ​illegally: It is a ​system that ​works well and that others can copy.
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(Definition of copy from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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