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verb copy pronunciation in American English /ˈkɑpi/
Word Forms
present tense
present participlecopying
past tensecopied
past participlecopied
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  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to make a copy of a piece of information by writing it somewhere
    Just copy what’s in the book.
    copy from: The students spent the whole class copying from the chalkboard.
    copy something into something: He copied the number into his notebook.
    1. a.
      [transitive] to make a photocopy
      I copied the letter and kept the original.
    2. b.
      [transitive] to make a copy of a piece of computer data, such as a piece of writing or a program
      Use the mouse to highlight the text you want to copy.
      copy something over/across/to/onto: To install, first copy the setup file onto your hard drive.
    3. c.
      [transitive] to make a copy that is the same as the original thing
      They were charged with illegally copying videotapes.
      Changes can occur when DNA is copied from one cell to another.
  2. 2
    [transitive] to do something in the same way as someone else
    Children learn by copying their parents.
    The instructor does exercises that you can copy while you watch.
  3. 3
    [transitive] to deliberately make something that looks exactly like something else
    She had painstakingly copied an 18th-century painting.
  4. 4
    [transitive] to take someone elses ideas or methods and use them
    Their style of music was copied by a lot of other bands.


a course of study which is much shorter than a university course and focuses on the skills you need for a job, especially computer-related skills

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an ancient Roman system of underfloor heating, used to heat houses with hot air; from the Latin 'hypocaustum'

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