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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
du•pli•cate /n., adj. ˈduplɪkɪt, ˈdyu-; v. -ˌkeɪt/USA pronunciation
n., v., -cat•ed, -cat•ing, adj. n. [countable]
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
v. [~ + object]
- an exact copy:He made a duplicate and handed me the original.
adj. [before a noun]
- to make an exact copy of:She duplicated a few copies of my letter and handed me the original.
- to do or perform again;
repeat:You'll just have to duplicate your performance.
- exactly like or corresponding to something else:a duplicate key.
du•pli•ca•tion /ˌduplɪˈkeɪʃən, ˌdyu-/USA pronunciation n. [uncountable]illegal duplication of material.See -du-, -plic-.
- Idiomsin duplicate, in two identical copies:I'll need your letter, in duplicate, on my desk by morning.
(n., adj. do̅o̅′pli kit, dyo̅o̅′-;v. do̅o̅′pli kāt′, dyo̅o̅′-),USA pronunciation n., v., -cat•ed, -cat•ing, adj. n.
- a copy exactly like an original.
- anything corresponding in all respects to something else.
- Games[Cards.]a duplicate game.
- Idiomsin duplicate, in two copies, esp. two identical copies:Please type the letter in duplicate.
- to make an exact copy of.
- to do or perform again;
repeat:He duplicated his father's way of standing with his hands in his pockets.
- to double;
- to become duplicate.
- exactly like or corresponding to something else:duplicate copies of a letter.
- consisting of or existing in two identical or corresponding parts;
- Games[Cards.]noting a game in which each team plays a series of identical hands, the winner being the team making the best total score.
- Latin duplicātus (past participle of duplicāre to make double), equivalent. to duplic- (stem of duplex) duplex + -ātus -ate1
- late Middle English 1400–50
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged facsimile, replica, reproduction.
- 5.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See imitate.
- 10.See corresponding entry in Unabridged twofold.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged original.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
duplicate adj /ˈdjuːplɪkɪt/
- copied exactly from an original
- existing as a pair or in pairs; twofold
- an exact copy; double
- something additional or supplementary of the same kind
- two exact copies (esp in the phrase in duplicate)
Etymology: 15th Century: from Latin duplicāre to double, from duo two + plicāre to foldduplicable /ˈdjuːplɪkəbəl/ adj
- (transitive) to make a replica of
- (transitive) to do or make again
- (transitive) to make in a pair; make double