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Copy appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Re hypocrisy: as I say, sir, copy her.
  • Now I say "Sir, copy hypocrisy!" as I won.
  • Even a copy typo can even up a pun; even a copy typo can, Eve.
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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun copy:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb copy:


The word copy is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun copy

What does copy mean as a name of something?

Copy is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: copies

  1. a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record)
  2. a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing
  3. matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of copy: written matter
    • more generic terms: text / textual matter = the words of something written
    • more specific terms:
      • dump = a copy of the contents of a computer storage device
      • fair copy = a clean copy of a corrected draft
      • filler = copy to fill space between more important articles in the layout of a magazine or newspaper
  4. material suitable for a journalistic account
    • example: catastrophes make good copy
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: material = information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form
    • substance of: journalism / news media = newspapers and magazines collectively

Alternative definition of the noun copy


  1. The result of copying (confer original); an identical duplication.
  2. An imitation, sometimes of inferior quality.
  3. [journalism] The text that is to be typeset.
  4. [journalism] A gender-neutral abbreviation for copy boy
  5. [context: marketing] The output of copywriters, who are employed to write material which encourages consumers to buy goods or services.
  6. [uncountable] The text of newspaper articles.
  7. A school work pad.
  8. A printed edition of a book or magazine.

Definition of the verb copy

What does copy mean as a doing word?

Copy is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: copied

  1. copy down as is
    • example: The students were made to copy the alphabet over and over
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb]Smith was inscribing | Smith was scribblingImage Creation Verbs: carve, chalk, charcoal, crayon, doodle, draw, forge, ink, misspell, paint, pencil, plot, print, scratch, scrawl, scribble, sketch, spell, stencil, trace, type, write
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Theme]The jeweler printed the name | The secretary transcribed the speech
      [Agent - being or machine] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]The jeweler printed the name on the ring | The secretary transcribed the speech into the record
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme]The jeweler printed the name | The secretary transcribed the speechImage Creation Verbs: chronicle, document, duplicate, film, forge, imitate, microfilm, photocopy, photograph, record, tally, tape, televise, transcribe, type
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Destination]The jeweler printed the name on the ring | The secretary transcribed the speech into the record
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • more generic word: write = mark or trace on a surface
    • more specific terms:
      • recopy = copy again
      • copy out = copy very carefully and as accurately as possible
  2. reproduce someone's behavior or looks
    • example: Children often copy their parents or older siblings
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonyms of copy: imitate / simulate
    • more generic word: reproduce = make a copy or equivalent of
    • more specific terms:
      • conform to / follow = behave in accordance or in agreement with
      • mock = imitate with mockery and derision
      • take off = mimic or imitate in an amusing or satirical manner
      • mimic / mime = imitate (a person or manner), especially for satirical effect
      • pattern / model = plan or create according to a model or models
      • take after / follow = imitate in behavior
      • emulate = strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
  3. reproduce or make an exact copy of
  4. make a replica of
    • example: copy that drawing
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Creation - verbs of sewing, baking, painting, performing
    • synonym of copy: re-create
    • more generic words: create / make = make or cause to be or to become
    • more specific terms:
      • manifold = make multiple copies of
      • imitate = make a reproduction or copy of
      • trace = copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it
      • back up = make a copy of (a computer file) especially for storage in another place as a security copy
      • hectograph = copy on a duplicator
      • clone = make multiple identical copies of
      • mimeograph / mimeo = print copies from (a prepared stencil) using a mimeograph
      • roneo = make copies on a Roneograph

Alternative definition of the verb copy


  1. [transitive] To produce an object identical to a given object.
  2. [transitive, computing] To place a copy of an object in memory for later use.
  3. [transitive] To imitate.
  4. [transitive] [context: radio] Receive a transmission successfully.


Who is Copy?

Copy is a musical artist.


Copy is a fictional character from the 2006 film Lethal Ninja.


  1. "COPY" is a musical album of Syrup16g.
    • released on (14 years ago)
  2. "Copy": C.O.P.Y,, is the debut album by the Japanese electronic artist Mitsuki Aira. It was released on September 8, 2008 as a CD, in two editions, both containing the singles "Colorful Tokyo Sounds No. 9", "China Discotica" and "Darling Wondering Staring". "Galaxy Boy" was used as the ending theme to Aichi Television's program Bonita! Bonita!! and The Dream Car Club of Tamoei Yakushiji. The album reached a peak daily position of number 31 on the Oricon chart, and a peak weekly position of number 48 and sold 3,163 copies.


  1. Copy refers to written material, in contrast to photographs or other elements of layout, in a large number of contexts, including magazines, advertising, and books.
  2. copy: In computing, copy is a command in RT-11, RSX-11, OpenVMS, DOS, OS/2 and Microsoft Windows operating systems. The command copies computer files from one directory to another. The destination defaults to the current working directory. If more than one source file is indicated, the destination must be a directory. The equivalent Unix command is cp. A more advanced copy command is called xcopy.
  3. Copy is a software.
    • developer: Barracuda Networks
    • genre: Remote backup service
    • license: Proprietary software
    • released on
    • official website:

Phrases with Copy

Phrases starting with the word Copy:

  1. Copy boy
  2. copy out
  3. copy desk
  4. copy edit
  5. Copy Room
  6. Copy Shop
  7. Copy Sort
  8. Copy Test

Phrases ending with the word Copy:

  1. Top Copy
  2. Deep Copy
  3. fair copy
  4. hard copy
  5. soft copy
  6. test copy
  7. Clean Copy
  8. draft copy
  9. Image Copy
  10. write copy
  11. xerox copy
  12. carbon copy

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Copy

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Copy is a wide term which refers to the words used to convey the advertising idea or theme.

Google previewMODERN MARKETING (2010)


Copy is a wide term which refers to the words used to convey the advertising idea or theme.

Google previewThe Interfaces (2003)

Deriving and Interpreting Omitted Structures by Kerstin Schwabe, Susanne Winkler

Suppose merge copy is an operation that can apply freely in syntax.

Google previewThe Essence Of Leadership (2012)

by Ollie Fobbs

To copy means literally be like someone else, the Bible goes strongly against such things, however, it is good to be With the visionary in spirit so that you can have the ability to run with the plan ofthe company, but that means you have to be ...

Google previewOrder-Fulfillment and Across-the-Dock Concepts, Design, and Operations Handbook (2003)

by David E. Mulcahy, John Dieltz

layout drawing copy is the third project progress report form. To your interested parties, the building and method layout drawing copy is an excellent means of communicating the building construction and method vendor installation progress.

Google previewGuide to Computer Forensics and Investigations (2009)

by Bill Nelson, Amelia Phillips, Christopher Steuart

A bit-stream copy is a bit-by-bit copy (also known as a sector copy) of the original drive or storage medium and is an exact duplicate.

Google previewThe Adobe Photoshop CS4 Dictionary (2009)

The A to Z Desktop Reference of Photoshop by Philip Andrews

Menu: Edit > Copy Shortcut: Ctrl/Cmd C Version: 6.0, 7.0, CS, CS2, CS3,CS4 See also: Copy Merged command, Paste command Just like other computer software (word processing and spreadsheet software) Photoshop contains the standard ...

Google previewCareer Discovery Encyclopedia (2009)

by Ferguson

copy Editors. SKILLS. SPOTLIGHT. What they do. Evaluate and manage information Communicate ideas Help clients and customers...

Copy editors read manuscripts for correct grammatical usage and spelling. They edit the manuscripts to ...

Google previewA Complete Dictionary of the English Language, Both with Regard to Sound and Meaning (1790)

by Thomas Sheridan

COPY, köp'-y. s. A transco ...

Google previewBritannica Concise Encyclopedia (2008)

by Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.

Mondae, Designer COPY DEPARTMENT Sylvia Wallace, Director ...

Google previewA dictionary of the Bhotanta or Boutan language, printed from a manuscript copy made by the late Rev. Frederic Christian Gotthelf Schroeter, edited by J. Marshman (1826)

To which is prefixed a grammar of the Bhotanta language by Friedrich Christian G. Schroeter, John Clark Marshman

A copy of it was in the possession of the late Major Latter, which was copied by the late Rev. Mr. Schrceter, a missionary belonging to the Church Missionary Society. Mr. Schrceter Mas placed at Tentaltya, a military post in Poornea, and ...

Google previewDictionary of Carbohydrates on CD-ROM (1999)

by Peter M. Collins

Editing structures: the Edit menu The Edit menu provides standard editing commands, such as Cut, Copy and Paste. Brief details of the options are given in the table below. For full details, consult the electronic Help screens. Before using the ...

Google previewA dictionary of the Malagasy language, by J.J. Freeman (D. Johns). (1835)

by Joseph John Freeman, David Johns

mpanao copy, uipanara- kit, mpaka soratra. Coping, «. tampon'ampentanv. Copious, a. betsaka, maro, sesehe- ua, be, disovaln. Copittuslv, ad. betsaku, at an ahon- n;«, malalaka .

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

Copy, among printers, denotes the manuscript or original of a book given to print from. (1.)...

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Quotes about Copy

Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility. (Pablo Picasso)
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Scrabble value of C3O1P3Y4

The value of this 4-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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