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[foh-tuh-kop-ee] /ˈfoʊ təˌkɒp i/
noun, plural photocopies.
a photographic reproduction of a document, print, or the like.
verb (used with object), photocopied, photocopying.
to reproduce (a document, print, or the like) photographically.
Origin of photocopy
1920-25; photo- + copy Unabridged
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Examples from the web for photocopy
  • To create a consistent floral pattern, draw one flower carefully and photocopy it several times.
  • He rose, went to his files and found a photocopy of it.
  • Apart from a smattering of web-exclusive news, newspaper websites tend to be a photocopy of print editions.
  • Imagine trying to photocopy a pile of papers, only for one of the copied sheets to magically jump back into the queue.
  • In his hand was a photocopy of the display that he was using as an instruction sheet.
  • If you photocopy it, you will put it in a filing cabinet and never look at it again.
  • If interested in pursuing the right to photocopy photographs, please contact the photographer or their photo agency directly.
  • photocopy or make a list of the remaining contents of your wallet.
  • For guests traveling on business, there are meeting facilities, a business center and a photocopy center.
  • There are also photocopy and fax services for guests traveling on business.
British Dictionary definitions for photocopy


noun (pl) -copies
a photographic reproduction of written, printed, or graphic work See also microcopy
verb -copies, -copying, -copied
to reproduce (written, printed, or graphic work) on photographic material
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Word Origin and History for photocopy

1924 in the sense of "make a photographic reproduction," from photo- "photographic" + copy (v.). The usual modern meaning arose 1942 with the advent of xerography. The noun is recorded from 1934. Related: Photocopied; photocopying.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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