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"duplicate" in British English

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duplicateverb [T]

uk   /ˈdʒuː.plɪ.keɪt/ us   /ˈduː.plə.keɪt/

duplicateadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈdʒuː.plɪ.kət/ us   /ˈduː.plə.kət/

duplicatenoun [C]

uk   /ˈdʒuː.plɪ.kət/ us   /ˈduː.plə.kət/
(Definition of duplicate from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"duplicate" in American English

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duplicateverb [T]

us   /ˈdu·plɪˌkeɪt/
to make an exact copy of something: Businesses should make sure important records and files are duplicated and stored in another location.
duplicate
adjective [not gradable] us   /ˈdu·plɪ·kət/
a duplicate key
duplication
noun [U] us   /ˌdu·plɪˈkeɪ·ʃən/

duplicatenoun [C]

us   /ˈdu·plɪ·kət/
something that is an exact copy of something else: I lost the original form so they sent me a duplicate.
in duplicate
If a form is in duplicate, an exact copy has been made of it: The application has to be completed in duplicate.
duplicate
adjective [not gradable] us   /ˈdu·plɪ·kət/
a duplicate key
(Definition of duplicate from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"duplicate" in Business English

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duplicateverb [T]

uk   /ˈdjuːplɪkeɪt/ us   /ˈduːplɪkeɪt/
to make an exact copy of something: There's a machine that can duplicate nine DVDs at a time.
to do something again that has already been done, when this is unnecessary: Some of the proposed laws duplicate those already adopted by the federal government.
to make something happen again in the same way as it happened before: easy/difficult/impossible to duplicate Their past success might be hard to duplicate.
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duplicateadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈdjuːplɪkət/ us   /ˈduːplɪkɪt/
made as an exact copy of something: duplicate copy/file/record We will not be able to return the documents, so keep a duplicate copy. duplicate invoice/statement/receipt
done or made for a second time, especially when this is not necessary, or in order to deceive: duplicate payment/claim Internal controls are not in place to provide for the prevention of duplicate payments. Dishonest people filed duplicate claims or received rental assistance while living in government-paid housing.

duplicatenoun

uk   /ˈdjuːplɪkət/ us   /ˈduːplɪkɪt/
[C] an exact copy of something: I have lost the document and my boss says she cannot provide a duplicate.a duplicate of sth Ask the bank to send you a duplicate of the bank statement each month. create/make/produce a duplicate
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in duplicate
if a document is in duplicate, two copies of it are made: The government requires that all bank records be kept in duplicate.
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(Definition of duplicate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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