- 1 [transitive] copy something to make something that is exactly like something else They copied the designs from those on Greek vases. Everything in the computer's memory can be copied onto DVDs. Wordfindercopy, data, delete, file, folder, icon, menu, open, password, print
- 2 [transitive] to write something exactly as it is written somewhere else copy something (from something) (into/onto something) She copied the phone number into her address book. copy something (down/out) I copied out several poems.
- 3 [transitive] copy somebody/something to behave or do something in the same way as somebody else synonym imitate She copies everything her sister does. Their tactics have been copied by other terrorist organizations.
- 4 [intransitive] copy (from/off somebody) to cheat in an exam, school work, etc. by writing what somebody else has written and pretending it is your own work
- 5[transitive] copy something (especially North American English) = photocopy Word Origin Middle English (denoting a transcript or copy of a document): from Old French copie (noun), copier (verb), from Latin copia
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BrE BrE//ˈkɒpi//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːpi//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they copy
BrE BrE//ˈkɒpi//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːpi//he / she / it copies
BrE BrE//ˈkɒpiz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːpiz//past simple copied
BrE BrE//ˈkɒpid//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːpid//past participle copied
BrE BrE//ˈkɒpid//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːpid//-ing form copying
BrE BrE//ˈkɒpiɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈkɑːpiɪŋ//