Etymology: Middle English copie, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin copia, from Latin, abundance — more at copious
Date: 14th century
1. an imitation, transcript, or reproduction of an original work (as a letter, a painting, a table, or a dress)
2. one of a series of especially mechanical reproductions of an original impression; also an individual example of such a reproduction
3. archaic something to be imitated ; model
a. matter to be set especially for printing
b. something considered printable or newsworthy — used without an article <remarks that make good copy — Norman Cousins> c. text especially of an advertisement 5. duplicate 1a <a copy of a computer file> <a copy of a gene> Synonyms: see reproduction II. verb (copied; copying) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to make a copy or duplicate of <copy a document> <copy a computer file> 2. to model oneself on intransitive verb 1. to make a copy 2. to undergo copying <the document did not copy well> Synonyms: copy, imitate, mimic, ape, mock mean to make something so that it resembles an existing thing. copy suggests duplicating an original as nearly as possible <copied the painting and sold the fake as an original>. imitate suggests following a model or a pattern but may allow for some variation <imitate a poet's style>. mimic implies a close copying (as of voice or mannerism) often for fun, ridicule, or lifelike imitation <pupils mimicking their teacher>. ape may suggest presumptuous, slavish, or inept imitating of a superior original <American fashion designers aped their European colleagues>. mock usually implies imitation with derision <mocking a vain man's pompous manner>.
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.