/kop"ee/, n., pl. copies, for 1, 2, 7, 9, v., copied, copying.n.1. an imitation, reproduction, or transcript of an original: a copy of a famous painting.2. one of the various examples or specimens of the same book, engraving, or the like.3. written matter intended to be reproduced in printed form: The editor sent the copy for the next issue to the printer.4. the text of a news story, advertisement, television commercial, etc., as distinguished from related visual material.5. the newsworthiness of a person, thing, or event (often prec. by good or bad): The president is always good copy. Cf. news (def. 4).6. Genetics. replication (def. 7).7. Print. pictures and artwork prepared for reproduction.8. Brit. Informal. (in schools) a composition; a written assignment.9. Brit. a size of drawing or writing paper, 16 × 20 in. (40 × 50 cm).10. Archaic. something that is to be reproduced; an example or pattern, as of penmanship to be copied by a pupil.v.t.11. to make a copy of; transcribe; reproduce: to copy a set of figures from a book.12. to receive and understand (a radio message or its sender).13. to follow as a pattern or model; imitate.v.i.14. to make a copy or copies.15. to undergo copying: It copied poorly.16. to hear or receive a radio message, as over a CB radio: Do you copy?[1300-50; ME copie ( < AF) < ML copia abundance, something copied, L: wealth, abundance; see COPIOUS; (def. 16) orig. a children's game, from the phrase copy the leader]Ant. 13. originate.
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