From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishcopycop‧y1 /ˈkɒpi $ ˈkɑːpi/ ●●● S1 W2 noun (plural copies) 1 [countable]COPY something that is made to be exactly like another thingcopy of She forwarded them a copy of her British passport. This chair is a copy of an original design. Be sure to make copies of all the documents. back-up copies of your files2 [countable]TCN one of many books, magazines, records etc that are all exactly the samecopy of We have six copies of the movie to give away. a copy of the local newspaper The hardback costs £16.99 a copy. The record sold a million copies. Free copies are available on request.3 [uncountable]TCN technical something written in order to be printed in a newspaper, magazine, advertisement etc Now that I’ve seen the finished copy, I’m delighted.4 → good copy → fair copy, hard copy, soft copyCOLLOCATIONSverbsbe a copy of somethingThe rug is a copy of a fine Chinese carpet. make a copy of somethingMake a copy of the letter before you send it.keep a copy of something (also retain a copy of something formal)Did you keep a copy of the email?send/receive a copy of somethingCould you send me a copy of the agreement?attach a copy of something (=in an email)I’m attaching a copy of the schedule.ADJECTIVES/NOUN + copy a good copy (=one that is very like the original)The painting is a good copy of the original.a close copy (=a good copy)It is a close copy of a bronze figure found in Iceland.a back-up copy (=made in case the original is lost)Be sure you regularly make back-up copies of your data.
Examples from the Corpuscopy• More than 85,000 copies of the magazine sold within three weeks.• I don't have my original birth certificate. Will you accept a copy?• Anyone wanting to buy a copy, only 100 were printed and of these twenty were sold on the day of publication.• The application was sent in June, and this is a copy.• The menu driven screen allows you to setup a copy session in seconds.• All copy must be on my desk by Monday morning.• a 19th century copy of the popular Rembrandt painting• For a free copy, call 555-9121.• Hilda Hewitt had copies of two posters run off on the Office photo-copier.• Connie left copies of the document on everybody's desk.• Most of them, however, had pulled copies of the Globe because the supermarket tabloid published copies of grisly crime-scene photographs.• During one marathon meeting that went on far into the night, some copies of documents had to be made.• The copies are then filed in date of arrival order.back-up copies• If back-up copies are permitted under any licence agreement, the number of back-up copies made should not exceed that agreed to.• Users of software should confirm that they may make back-up copies of any programs they have acquired.• Finally, make sure you regularly make back-up copies of your data.• The Act, as amended, makes specific provision for the making of back-up copies of computer programs.• The Act recognizes the possibility that back-up copies may have been made.Free copies• A companion brochure summaries Negretti Automation's full process control & weighing range. Free copies of both are available on request.