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Definition of Copy


  1. An abundance or plenty of anything.
  2. An imitation, transcript, or reproduction of an original work; as, a copy of a letter, an engraving, a painting, or a statue.
  3. An individual book, or a single set of books containing the works of an author; as, a copy of the Bible; a copy of the works of Addison.
  4. That which is to be imitated, transcribed, or reproduced; a pattern, model, or example; as, his virtues are an excellent copy for imitation.
  5. Manuscript or printed matter to be set up in type; as, the printers are calling for more copy.
  6. A writing paper of a particular size. Same as Bastard. See under Paper.
  7. Copyhold; tenure; lease.
  8. To make a copy or copies of; to write; print, engrave, or paint after an original; to duplicate; to reproduce; to transcribe; as, to copy a manuscript, inscription, design, painting, etc.; -- often with out, sometimes with off.
  9. To imitate; to attempt to resemble, as in manners or course of life.
  10. To make a copy or copies; to imitate.
  11. To yield a duplicate or transcript; as, the letter did not copy well.

Copy Quotations

Good artists copy, great artists steal.
Pablo Picasso

People ask me where I got my singing style. I didn't copy my style from anybody.
Elvis Presley

My room is dominated by the huge painting, which is a copy of 'The Violation' by the Belgian surrealist Paul Delvaux. The original was destroyed during the Blitz in 1940, and I commissioned an artist I know, Brigid Marlin, to make a copy from a photograph. I never stop looking at this painting and its mysterious and beautiful women.
J. G. Ballard

When a company identifies how to integrate the processes needed to give the consumer a sense of job completion, it can blow away the competition. A product is easy to copy, but experiences are very hard to replicate.
Clayton M. Christensen

Suppose that every prospective parent in the world stopped having children naturally, and instead produced clones of themselves. What would the world be like in another 20 or 30 years? The answer is: much like today. Cloning would only copy the genetic aspects of people who are already here.
Nathan Myhrvold
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Copy Translations

copy in Danish is kopi, kopiere, eksemplar
copy in Dutch is exemplaar, afdruk
copy in French is calquer, calquons, copions, calquent, calquez
copy in German is Abbild {n} (kopiert), abschreiben, kopieren
copy in Italian is copia, copiare, copia
copy in Latin is effingo
copy in Norwegian is avskrift, kopi
copy in Spanish is transcripcion, copiar, copia
copy in Swedish is avbilda, nummer, exemplar, avbild, kopia, kopiera
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