A copy is a reproduction of something — it looks identical to the original. You might ask your sister to make a copy of your nephew's adorable painting so you can hang it on your fridge.

You can use the word copy in several different ways. Your doctor's office may keep a copy of your insurance card on file, and they may copy it again every year. This verb form of copy means "to replicate or reproduce." You can also copy down what your teacher says in class — in this case, you're not making an identical copy, but writing the basic ideas. The Medieval Latin root, copia, "reproduction or transcript," comes from the Latin word copia, "plenty."

Definitions of copy
  1. noun
    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”
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    anamorphism, anamorphosis
    a distorted projection or perspective; especially an image distorted in such a way that it becomes visible only when viewed in a special manner
    carbon, carbon copy
    a copy made with carbon paper
    cast, casting
    object formed by a mold
    duplicate, duplication
    a copy that corresponds to an original exactly
    autotype, facsimile
    an exact copy or reproduction
    something copied or derived from an original
    clone, knockoff
    an unauthorized copy or imitation
    miniature, toy
    a copy that reproduces a person or thing in greatly reduced size
    slightly modified copy; not an exact copy
    a photographic copy of written or printed or graphic work
    a copy of a movie on film (especially a particular version of it)
    any four copies; any of four things that correspond to one another exactly
    replica, replication, reproduction
    copy that is not the original; something that has been copied
    one of three copies; any of three things that correspond to one another exactly
    xerox, xerox copy
    a copy made by a xerographic printer
    backup, computer backup
    (computer science) a copy of a file or directory on a separate storage device
    counterpart, similitude, twin
    a duplicate copy
    death mask
    a cast taken from the face of a dead person
    block, cylinder block, engine block
    a metal casting containing the cylinders and cooling ducts of an engine
    fake, postiche, sham
    something that is a counterfeit; not what it seems to be
    counterfeit, forgery
    a copy that is represented as the original
    life mask
    a cast taken from the face of a living person
    match, mate
    an exact duplicate
    a photocopy made on a Photostat machine
    a nonfunctional replica of something else (frequently used as a modifier)
    a distorted, debased, or absurd imitation of something
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    a creation that is a visual or tangible rendering of someone or something
  2. noun
    a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record)
    synonyms: transcript
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    written account, written record
    a written document preserving knowledge of facts or events
  3. verb
    reproduce or make an exact copy of
    copy the genetic information”
    synonyms: replicate
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    double, duplicate, reduplicate, repeat, replicate
    make or do or perform again
  4. verb
    reproduce someone's behavior or looks
    “Children often copy their parents or older siblings”
    synonyms: imitate, simulate
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    conform to, follow
    behave in accordance or in agreement with
    imitate with mockery and derision
    take off
    mimic or imitate in an amusing or satirical manner
    mime, mimic
    imitate (a person or manner), especially for satirical effect
    model, pattern
    plan or create according to a model or models
    follow, take after
    imitate in behavior; take as a model
    strive to equal or match, especially by imitating
    go by
    be or act in accordance with
    ape, caricature
    represent in or produce a caricature of
    represent another person with comic intentions
    burlesque, parody, spoof
    make a parody of
    pattern, make, regulate, set, measure, or estimate according to some rate or standard
    sovietise, sovietize
    model a country's social, political, and economic structure on the Soviet Union
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    make a copy or equivalent of
  5. verb
    make a replica of
    copy that drawing”
    synonyms: re-create
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    make multiple copies of
    make a reproduction or copy of
    copy by following the lines of the original drawing on a transparent sheet placed upon it; make a tracing of
    back up
    make a copy of (a computer file) especially for storage in another place as a security copy
    copy on a duplicator
    make multiple identical copies of
    mimeo, mimeograph
    print copies from (a prepared stencil) using a mimeograph
    make copies on a Roneograph
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    create, make
    make or cause to be or to become
  6. verb
    copy down as is
    “The students were made to copy the alphabet over and over”
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    copy again
    copy out
    copy very carefully and as accurately as possible
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    mark or trace on a surface
  7. noun
    matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials
    synonyms: written matter
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    (computer science) a copy of the contents of a computer storage device; sometimes used in debugging programs
    fair copy
    a clean copy of a corrected draft
    copy to fill space between more important articles in the layout of a magazine or newspaper
    core dump
    (computer science) dump of the contents of the chief registers in the CPU; usually used for debugging
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    text, textual matter
    the words of something written
  8. noun
    material suitable for a journalistic account
    “catastrophes make good copy
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    information (data or ideas or observations) that can be used or reworked into a finished form
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