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NOUN (4)

1. a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record);
[syn: transcript, copy]

2. a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing;
- Example: "she made a copy of the designer dress"
- Example: "the clone was a copy of its ancestor"

3. matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials;
[syn: copy, written matter]

4. material suitable for a journalistic account;
- Example: "catastrophes make good copy"


VERB (4)

1. copy down as is;
- Example: "The students were made to copy the alphabet over and over"

2. reproduce someone's behavior or looks;
- Example: "The mime imitated the passers-by"
- Example: "Children often copy their parents or older siblings"
[syn: imitate, copy, simulate]

3. reproduce or make an exact copy of;
- Example: "replicate the cell"
- Example: "copy the genetic information"
[syn: replicate, copy]

4. make a replica of;
- Example: "copy that drawing"
- Example: "re-create a picture by Rembrandt"
[syn: copy, re-create]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Copy \Cop"y\ (k[o^]p"[y^]), n.; pl. Copies (-[i^]z). [F. copie, fr. L. copia abundance, number, LL. also, a transcript; co- + the root of opes riches. See Opulent, and cf. Copious.] 1. An abundance or plenty of anything. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] She was blessed with no more copy of wit, but to serve his humor thus. --B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] 2. An imitation, transcript, or reproduction of an original work; as, a copy of a letter, an engraving, a painting, or a statue. [1913 Webster] I have not the vanity to think my copy equal to the original. --Denham. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 4. That which is to be imitated, transcribed, or reproduced; a pattern, model, or example; as, his virtues are an excellent copy for imitation. [1913 Webster] Let him first learn to write, after a copy, all the letters. --Holder. [1913 Webster] 5. (print.) Manuscript or printed matter to be set up in type; as, the printers are calling for more copy. [1913 Webster] 6. A writing paper of a particular size. Same as Bastard. See under Paper. [1913 Webster] 7. Copyhold; tenure; lease. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] Copy book, a book in which copies are written or printed for learners to imitate. Examined copies (Law), those which have been compared with the originals. Exemplified copies, those which are attested under seal of a court. Certified copies or Office copies, those which are made or attested by officers having charge of the originals, and authorized to give copies officially. --Abbot. Syn: Imitation; transcript; duplicate; counterfeit. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Copy \Cop"y\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Copied; p. pr. & vb. n. Copying.] [Cf. F. copir, fr. LL. copiare. See Copy, n.] 1. 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. [1913 Webster] I like the work well; ere it be demanded (As like enough it will), I'd have it copied. --Shak. [1913 Webster] Let this be copied out, And keep it safe for our remembrance. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To imitate; to attempt to resemble, as in manners or course of life. [1913 Webster] We copy instinctively the voices of our companions, their accents, and their modes of pronunciation. --Stewart. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Copy \Cop"y\, v. i. 1. To make a copy or copies; to imitate. [1913 Webster] 2. To yield a duplicate or transcript; as, the letter did not copy well. [1913 Webster] Some . . . never fail, when they copy, to follow the bad as well as the good things. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

copy n 1: a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record) [syn: transcript, copy] 2: a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing; "she made a copy of the designer dress"; "the clone was a copy of its ancestor" 3: matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials [syn: copy, written matter] 4: material suitable for a journalistic account; "catastrophes make good copy" v 1: copy down as is; "The students were made to copy the alphabet over and over" 2: reproduce someone's behavior or looks; "The mime imitated the passers-by"; "Children often copy their parents or older siblings" [syn: imitate, copy, simulate] 3: reproduce or make an exact copy of; "replicate the cell"; "copy the genetic information" [syn: replicate, copy] 4: make a replica of; "copy that drawing"; "re-create a picture by Rembrandt" [syn: copy, re-create]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

493 Moby Thesaurus words for "copy": Doppelganger, Photostat, Xerox, abstract, abstraction, act, act a part, act as, act like, act out, actual thing, adopt, affect, agent, altarpiece, alternate, alternative, analogy, ape, appear like, approach, appropriate, approximate, arrangement, article, assume, autograph, back number, backup, be like, be redolent of, bear resemblance, beat, block print, blueprint, borrow, brainchild, bring to mind, brouillon, budget of news, burlesque, call to mind, call up, carbon, carbon copy, cartoon, chalk, change, changeling, charcoal, chart, chorus, clone, collage, collection, color, color print, come again, come close, come near, companion, compare with, comparison, composed matter, composition, computer printout, copy out, correspond, counterfeit, counterpart, crayon, crib, crosshatch, cyclorama, dash off, daub, dead matter, dead ringer, delineate, delineation, depict, deputy, derive from, design, diagram, diptych, ditto, do, do a repeat, do again, do like, do over, document, doodle, double, draft, draw, draw up, drawing, dummy, dupe, duplicate, duplication, ebauche, echo, edit, edited version, edition, effigy, elevation, emulate, enact, enface, engraving, engross, engrossment, equal, equivalent, ersatz, esquisse, essay, evoke, exact counterpart, exact likeness, example, exchange, exclusive, facsimile, fair copy, fake, favor, fellow, fiction, figure, fill-in, final draft, finished version, first draft, flimsy, follow, forge, fresco, geminate, ghost, ghostwriter, go like, graph, ground plan, hatch, hectograph, hoke, hoke up, holograph, homograph, homonym, homophone, house plan, hymnal, hymnbook, ichnography, icon, idem, identical same, idol, illumination, illustration, image, imitate, imitation, impersonate, impress, impression, imprint, infringe, ingeminate, inscribe, instrumental score, issue, knockoff, letter, library, library edition, libretto, likeness, limn, literae scriptae, literary artefact, literary production, literature, live matter, living image, living picture, locum tenens, look like, lucubration, lute tablature, make a recension, make like, make out, make over, make use of, makeshift, manifold, manuscript, masquerade as, match, mate, matter, metaphor, metonymy, microcopy, microfilm, mime, mimeo, mimeograph, mimic, miniature, mirror, mirroring, mock, mock-up, model, montage, mosaic, multigraph, multiply by two, mural, music, music paper, music roll, musical notation, musical score, near, nearly reproduce, news item, next best thing, no other, none other, nonfiction, not tell apart, notation, number, opera, opera score, opus, orchestral score, original, outline, paint, paint a picture, palingenesis, panorama, pantomime, paper, parallel, paraphrase, parchment, parody, parrot, part, partake of, pass for, pattern, pen, pencil, penscript, perform, personate, personnel, phony, photocopy, photograph, piano score, picture, picturize, piece, piece of writing, pinch hitter, pirate, plagiarize, play, play a part, plot, poem, portrait, portray, pose as, pretend to be, print, printed matter, printing, printout, production, profile, projection, proxy, push the pen, put in writing, quadruplicate, quote, re-create, re-creation, re-form, re-formation, reading matter, rebirth, rebuild, rebuilding, recense, recension, reconstitute, reconstitution, reconstruct, reconstruction, record, redesign, redo, redoing, redouble, reduplicate, reduplication, reecho, reedition, reestablish, reestablishment, refashion, refashioning, reflect, reflection, refound, regenerate, regeneration, regenesis, regurgitate, reincarnate, reinstitute, reinstitution, reissue, relief, remake, remaking, remind one of, renascence, renew, renovate, renovation, reorganization, reorganize, repeat, repetition, replacement, replica, replicate, replication, representation, representative, reprint, reprinting, reproduce, reproduction, resemblance, resemble, reserves, reshape, reshaping, restoration, restore, restructure, restructuring, resurrect, resurrection, revise, revision, revival, revive, rewrite, ringer, rough, rubbing, sample, savor of, say again, school edition, scoop, score, scratch, screed, scribe, scrip, script, scrive, scroll, scumble, second draft, second string, secondary, seem like, selfsame, semblance, series, set, shade, shadow, sham, sheet music, short score, sign, similitude, simulacrum, simulate, skeleton, sketch, smack of, songbook, songster, sound like, spares, specimen, spill ink, spit and image, spitting image, spoil paper, spot news, stack up with, stained glass window, stand-in, standing matter, stat, steal, stencil, still life, story, sub, substituent, substitute, substitution, succedaneum, suggest, superscribe, superseder, supplanter, surrogate, symbol, synecdoche, synonym, tablature, table, tableau, take, take after, take off, take on, take over, tapestry, text, the same, the same difference, the written word, third string, tint, token, trace, tracing, trade book, trade edition, transcribe, transcript, transcription, travesty, triplicate, triptych, twin, type, typescript, understudy, utility player, version, very image, very picture, very same, vicar, vice-president, vice-regent, vocal score, volume, wall painting, work, working drawing, write, write down, write out, writing, written music
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

COPY. A copy is a true transcript of an original writing. 2. Copies cannot be given in evidence, unless proof is made that the originals, from which they are taken, are lost, or in the power of the opposite party; and in the latter case, that notice has been given him to produce the original. See 12 Vin. Abr. 97; Phil. Ev. Index, h.t.; Poth. Obl. Pt. 4, c. 1, art. 33 Bouv. Inst. n. 3055. 3. To prove a copy of a record, the witness must be able to swear that he has examined it, line for line, with the original, or has examined the copy, while another person read the original. 1 Campb. R. 469. It is not requisite that the persons examining should exchange, papers, and read them alternately. 2 Taunt. R. 470. Vide, generally, 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3106-10; 1 Stark. R. 183; 2 E. C. L. Rep. 183; 4 Campb. 372; 2 Burr.1179; B.N.P.129; 1 Carr. & P. 578. An examined copy of the books of unincorporated banks are not, per se, evidence. 12 S. & R. 256. See 13 S. & R. 135, 334; 2 N. & McC. 299.