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Definition of copy verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they copy
    he / she / it copies
    past simple copied
    -ing form copying
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  1. 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 an external hard drive.
  2. 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. 3[transitive] copy somebody/something to behave or do something in the same way as someone else synonym imitate She copies everything her sister does. Their tactics have been copied by other terrorist organizations.
  4. 4[intransitive] copy (from/off somebody) to cheat in an exam, school work, etc., by writing what someone else has written and pretending it is your own work
  5. 5[transitive] copy something = photocopy
  6. 6[transitive] copy somebody (on something) = copy
  7. Phrasal Verbscopy somebody in (on something)
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: copy