Definition of copy noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkɒpi//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːpi//
    (pl. copies) Marketing
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  1. 1  [countable] copy (of something) a thing that is made to be the same as something else, especially a document or a work of art I will send you a copy of the report. The thieves replaced the original painting with a copy. You should make a copy of the disk as a backup. see also hard copy
  2. 2  [countable] a single example of a book, newspaper, etc. of which many have been made a copy of ‘The Times’ The book sold 20 000 copies within two weeks. see also back copy
  3. 3[uncountable] written material that is to be printed in a newspaper, magazine, etc.; news or information that can be used in a newspaper article or advertisement The subeditors prepare the reporters' copy for the paper and write the headlines. This will make great copy for the advertisement. See related entries: Marketing
  4. 4[countable] = photocopy Could I have ten copies of this page, please?
  5. 5[countable] (Indian English) a book used by students for writing exercises, etc. in
  6. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting a transcript or copy of a document): from Old French copie (noun), copier (verb), from Latin copia ‘abundance’ (in medieval Latin ‘transcript’, from such phrases as copiam describendi facere ‘give permission to transcribe’).Extra examples Author Bob Woodhouse will be signing copies of his new book. Charles I’s personal copy of the psalter Copies of the article were circulated to members of the committee. Copy date for the next issue is 1 May. Even with the new legislation pirate copies will circulate. Free copies of the leaflet are available from the Department of the Environment. I attach a copy of the report. I don’t keep copies of my own letters. I have a few back copies of the newspaper. I ran off a couple of copies of the letter. It must be certified as a true copy of the original document. It was not the original painting, but a crude copy. Knocking copy is simply lazy journalism. Knocking copy= writing that just says how bad somebody/​something is is simply lazy journalism. Please find enclosed a copy of the draft document. Remember to keep copies of all your correspondence. Remember to make back-up copies of all your disks. Take a photocopy of the master copy. The candidate must submit two bound copies of his or her thesis. The copier had been set for multiple copies. The subeditors prepare the reporters’ copy for the paper. The twins were carbon copies of each other. You will need to supply a hard copy version of all files. my battered copy of Shakespeare’s plays my own copy of ‘Beowulf’ pirated copies of the latest movie releases You should make a copy of the disk as a back-up.
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