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Definition of "copy" []

  • An imitation or reproduction of an original; a duplicate: a copy of a painting; made two copies of the letter. (noun)
  • One specimen or example of a printed text or picture: an autographed copy of a novel. (noun)
  • Material, such as a manuscript, that is to be set in type. (noun)
  • The words to be printed or spoken in an advertisement. (noun)
  • Suitable source material for journalism: Celebrities make good copy. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "copy" in a sentence
  • "Kipling, just released from his long confinement, like a boy out of school, was the life of the party—and when, one day, he found a woman aboard reading a copy of The Ladies’ Home Journal his joy knew no bounds; he turned in the most inimitable “copy” to the Tonic, describing the woman’s feelings as she read the different departments in the magazine."
  • "Book-fanciers now and then bid a few shillings, for a copy of the catalogue of his library; and some sly free-thinkers, of modern date, are not backward in shewing a sympathy in their predecessor's fame, by the readiness with which they bid a half-guinea, or more, for a _priced copy_ of it."
  • "The gofpel of John» of which Kerinthus had given me a copy interpolated by him to a conformity with his notions» and the expofition which» being ignorant myfelf of »ay other copy» I delivered to the brethren % 60 HISTORY OW i brethren in their aflfemblies, on the mjrf - teries contained therein, had an extra - ordinary efFedt; my authority and influ«"