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American English: /ˈkɑpi/
British English: /ˈkɒpi/

Translation of copy in Spanish:

noun plural copies

  • 1 countable 1.1 (of painting, statue)
    Example sentences
    • And how, if at all, did you indicate that this was a copy or an identical copy, how do you know that?
    • The first thing to note is that it is apparent that the copy is an identical copy inasmuch as there is the same blank on the original.
    • And to make the leap from life to death less abrupt, the inhabitants have constructed an identical copy of their city, underground.
    1.2 (of document) the customer keeps the top copy
    el cliente se queda con el original
    Example sentences
    • The Enquirer sold a record 6.5 million copies of the issue containing that shot.
    • The book has sold more than 6.5 million copies since its publication last year, breaking sales records for a novel in its first 12 months, and is set to be made into a film.
    • Under section 9 of the Copyright Act of 1994, the copyright owner has the right to issue to the public copies of sound recordings and films.
  • 2 countable (of newspaper, book) back copy
    número (masculine) atrasado
    presentation copy
    ejemplar (masculine) de cortesía
  • 3 uncountable 3.1 (text) he/she must be able to produce clear copy
    debe saber redactar con claridad
    I got my copy in by midnight
    entregué el artículo ( or reportaje etc) antes de la media noche
    she wrote the copy for the campaign
    se encargó de la redacción de los textos de la campaña
    good news doesn't make good copy
    las buenas noticias no se venden bien
    3.2 (unprinted matter)
    Example sentences
    • He has been supplying newspaper men with good copy for generations.
    • We hear that a group of freelance journalists in the US are suing a leading national newspaper for posting their copy on its Web site without permission.
    • Mr Jones submits that it was right to look first at the criminal conduct of the investigatory journalists who spent money freely to provide copy for their newspaper.

transitive verb copies, copying, copied

  • 1 1.1 (reproduce)
    Example sentences
    • The tales were known long before the extant ballad versions began to be copied or printed in the mid-fifteenth century.
    • In particular, I really hated having to copy final versions out ‘in best’.
    • A third policeman - the one that had been sent to copy the tape - spoke up.
    Example sentences
    • You'll have to accept the terms to continue at which point it will appear to be installing, but in actual fact the files are just being copied to the location you specified.
    • The final command copies the default configuration file to your home directory.
    • Once the ‘enhancement’ is accepted, an executable file named download.exe is copied to the system and executed automatically.
    1.2 (photocopy)
  • 2 (transcribe)
    to copy something from o off somebody
    copiarle algo a alguien
    to copy something from o out of something
    copiar algo de algo
    Example sentences
    • You'd copy out the relevant information and present it for the teacher.
    • They had asked me to climb on and read the information so they could copy it down.
    • Not what I wanted to hear after copying the names of about one crore hundred people.
  • 3 3.1 (imitate)
    copiarle a
    Example sentences
    • I like when people have original styles that aren't copied from anyone else.
    • Behaviors and ideas copied from person to person by imitation - memes - may have forced human genes to make us what we are today.
    • They were just behaviours, ideas and stories that were copied from one person to another in the long history of human attempts to understand the world.
    3.2 (plagiarize)

intransitive verb copies, copying, copied

  • 1 (cheat)
    I was caught copying off Jack
    me pescaron copiándole a Jack or (Spain tb) copiándome de Jack

Phrasal verbs

copy down

verb + adverb + object

copy out

verb + adverb + object
Definition of copy in:
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