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"duplicate" in British English

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duplicateverb [T]

uk   /ˈdjuː.plɪ.keɪt/  us   /ˈduː-/

duplicateadjective [before noun]

uk   /ˈdjuː.plɪ.kət/  us   /ˈduː-/

duplicatenoun [C]

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

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duplicateverb [T]

 us   /ˈdu·plɪˌkeɪt/
to make an ​exactcopy of something: Businesses should make ​sureimportantrecords 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 ​exactcopy of something ​else: I ​lost the ​originalform so they ​sent me a duplicate.in duplicate If a ​form is in duplicate, an ​exactcopy 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)

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duplicateverb [T]

uk   /ˈdjuːplɪkeɪt/  us   /ˈduːplɪkeɪt/
to make an ​exactcopy 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 ​proposedlaws duplicate those already ​adopted by the ​federalgovernment.
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 ​exactcopy 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 ​peoplefiled duplicate ​claims or received ​rentalassistance while ​living in government-paid ​housing.

duplicatenoun

uk   /ˈdjuːplɪkət/  us   /ˈduːplɪkɪt/
[C] an ​exactcopy 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 ​bankstatement 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 ​governmentrequires that all ​bankrecords be ​kept in duplicate.
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(Definition of duplicate from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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