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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

You can't copy anybody and end with anything. If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling.
Billie Holiday

Good artists copy, great artists steal.
Pablo Picasso

I've been imitated so well I've heard people copy my mistakes.
Jimi Hendrix

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

If you copy, it means you're working without any real feeling. No two people on earth are alike, and it's got to be that way in music or it isn't music.
Billie Holiday
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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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