copy
I. noun (plural copies) 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 4. 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
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c. text especially of an advertisement 5. duplicate 1a <
a copy of a computer file
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<
a copy of a gene
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Synonyms: see reproduction II. verb (copied; copying) Date: 14th century transitive verb 1. to make a copy or duplicate of <
copy a document
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copy a computer file
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2. to model oneself on intransitive verb 1. to make a copy 2. to undergo copying <
the document did not copy well
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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
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. imitate suggests following a model or a pattern but may allow for some variation <
imitate a poet's style
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. mimic implies a close copying (as of voice or mannerism) often for fun, ridicule, or lifelike imitation <
pupils mimicking their teacher
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. ape may suggest presumptuous, slavish, or inept imitating of a superior original <
American fashion designers aped their European colleagues
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. mock usually implies imitation with derision <
mocking a vain man's pompous manner
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New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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