American English

Definition of copy noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    (pl. copies)
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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 New York Times” The book sold 20,000 copies within two weeks.
  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 copy editors prepare the reporters' copy for the paper and write the headlines. He writes copy for an online travel guide. This will make great copy for the advertisement.
  4. 4[countable] = photocopy Could I have ten copies of this page, please?
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: copy