Definition of facsimile in English:


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Pronunciation: /fakˈsɪmɪli


verb (facsimiles, facsimileing, facsimiled)

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  • Make a copy of: the ride was facsimiled for another theme park
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    • All those who did not respond were contacted by telephone, and the questionnaire was facsimiled a second time.
    • From the given facts we know Wen had facsimiled a letter to Jo revoking his offer before Jo received the letter and replied to it.


in facsimile

As an exact copy: thirty pages are reproduced in facsimile
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  • While a few missing pages in Winterthur's copy have been supplied in facsimile, the work as a whole appears to be one of only four known copies.
  • At this point, it is worth noting the strides in technology which have significantly improved low-cost copying techniques since the British Museum manuscript was reproduced in facsimile by the same publishers.
  • What were obvious forgeries were reproduced in facsimile in J. M. Stuart-Young's ‘preposterous’ book, Osrac the Self-Sufficient.


late 16th century (originally as fac simile, denoting the making of an exact copy, especially of writing): modern Latin, from Latin fac! (imperative of facere 'make') and simile (neuter of similis 'like').

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