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English noun: copy

1. copy (communication) a reproduction of a written record (e.g. of a legal or school record)


Broader (hypernym)written account, written record

Domain categoryjurisprudence, law

2. copy (artifact) a thing made to be similar or identical to another thing

SamplesShe made a copy of the designer dress.
The clone was a copy of its ancestor.

Broader (hypernym)representation

Narrower (hyponym)anamorphism, anamorphosis, autotype, carbon, carbon copy, cast, casting, clone, duplicate, duplication, facsimile, imitation, knockoff, miniature, modification, photocopy, print, quadruplicate, replica, replication, reproduction, toy, triplicate, xerox, xerox copy

3. copy (communication) matter to be printed; exclusive of graphical materials

Synonymswritten matter

Broader (hypernym)text, textual matter

Narrower (hyponym)dump, fair copy, filler

4. copy (communication) material suitable for a journalistic account

SamplesCatastrophes make good copy.

Broader (hypernym)material

Substance meronymjournalism, news media

English verb: copy

1. copy (creation) copy down as is

SamplesThe students were made to copy the alphabet over and over.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)write

Narrower (hyponym)copy out, recopy

2. copy (creation) reproduce someone's behavior or looks

SamplesThe mime imitated the passers-by.
Children often copy their parents or older siblings.

Synonymsimitate, simulate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)reproduce

Narrower (hyponym)conform to, emulate, follow, follow, mime, mimic, mock, model, pattern, take after, take off

3. copy (creation) reproduce or make an exact copy of

SamplesReplicate the cell.
Copy the genetic information.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)double, duplicate, reduplicate, repeat, replicate

Domain categorybiological science, biology

4. copy (creation) make a replica of

SamplesCopy that drawing.
Re-create a picture by Rembrandt.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)create, make

Narrower (hyponym)back up, clone, hectograph, imitate, manifold, mimeo, mimeograph, roneo, trace

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