—n. 1. an imitation, reproduction, or transcript of an original: a copy of a famous painting. 2. one of the various examples or specimens of the same book, engraving, or the like.
3. written matter intended to be reproduced in printed form: The editor sent the copy for the next issue to the printer. 4. the text of a news story, advertisement, television commercial, etc., as distinguished from related visual material.
5. the newsworthiness of a person, thing, or event (often prec. by good or bad): The president is always good copy. Cf. news (def. 4).
6. Genetics.replication (def. 7).
7. Print.pictures and artwork prepared for reproduction.
8. Brit. Informal.(in schools) a composition; a written assignment.
9. Brit.a size of drawing or writing paper, 16 × 20 in. (40 × 50 cm).
10. Archaic.something that is to be reproduced; an example or pattern, as of penmanship to be copied by a pupil.
—v.t. 1. to make a copy of; transcribe; reproduce: to copy a set of figures from a book. 2. to receive and understand (a radio message or its sender).
3. to follow as a pattern or model; imitate.
—v.i. 1. to make a copy or copies.
2. to undergo copying: It copied poorly. 3. to hear or receive a radio message, as over a CB radio: Do you copy? 4. Also,cocky.Newfoundland.to leap from one ice pan to another across open water.
5. copy the mail,CB Radio Slang.See mail1 (def. 5).