copy2 S2 past tense and past participle copied, present participle copying, third person singular copies
1 [intransitive and transitive]
to deliberately make or produce something that is exactly like another thing:
Could you copy this letter and send it out, please?
To copy a file, press F3.
copy (something) from something
a design copied from an 18th century wallpaper
The pupils just copy from textbooks and learn facts.
copy something into something
He copied the number into his notebook (=wrote the same number there).
to deliberately do something that someone else has done or behave like someone else:
Children often copy what they see on television.
I found myself copying him and his mannerisms.
3 [intransitive and transitive]
to cheat in an examination, schoolwork etc by looking at someone else's work and writing the same thing as they have
Jeremy had copied from the girl next to him.
copy something ↔ downphrasal verb
I must have copied your number down wrong.
copy somebody inphrasal verb
copy somebody in on
Can you copy me in on the memo you're sending to Chris?
copy something ↔ outphrasal verb
The monks copied their manuscripts out by hand.
copy something ↔ upphrasal verb
It is important to copy up your notes soon after the lecture.