When you use a copy machine, you make a xerox. Some college classes require you to buy expensive textbooks, while others provide you with binders full of xeroxes.

The word xerox is trademarked, kind of like Frisbee or Kleenex. The word was coined in the 1950s, from xerography, "printing without the use of liquid chemicals," which has a Greek root, xeros, "dry," and an ending borrowed from photography. You can use xerox as a noun or a verb: "You should xerox your ID and keep a copy of it on file in case you lose your wallet."

Definitions of xerox
  1. noun
    a copy made by a xerographic printer
    synonyms: xerox copy
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    type of:
    a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing
  2. verb
    reproduce by xerography
    synonyms: photocopy, run off
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    photocopy printed or other graphic matter so that it is reduced in size
    make a copy by means of a Photostat device
    type of:
    make a copy or equivalent of
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