Meaning of “duplication” in the English Dictionary

"duplication" in British English

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duplicationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌdʒuː.plɪˈkeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌduː.pləˈkeɪ.ʃən/

Examples from literature

  • Even so beautiful a process as that for the duplication of phonograph records was solemnly held by a Federal judge as lacking invention—as being obvious to any one. 
  • The danger of an exact duplication is quite generally understood by persons having any knowledge of forgery, and is therefore avoided. 
  • The duplication of the seals used, composed of wire and lead, is easy, and the opening of locks scarcely less so. 
  • The use of standard patterns, uniformity in design and duplication of parts was applied, not only to the rolling stock, but to the railroad as well, wherever it was possible. 

(Definition of “duplication” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"duplication" in Business English

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duplicationnoun [ U ]

uk /ˌdjuːplɪˈkeɪʃən/ us

the practice of doing the same thing more than once, or having more than one person or thing to do the same task, when this is not necessary:

As a result of the merger, there could be duplication among the two companies' administrative staffs.
There was enormous duplication of effort with each area having its own personnel team.
duplication of functions/roles/services
avoid/eliminate/reduce duplication

the practice of making an exact copy of something, especially when this is illegal:

The defendants never denied the illegal duplication, but claimed they had tried to obtain copyrights.

(Definition of “duplication” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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