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Etymology edit

PIE word

Borrowed from Latin duplicātus, perfect passive participle of duplicō.

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Noun, adjective

  • IPA(key): /ˈd(j)uː.plɪ.kət/
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  • IPA(key): /ˈd(j)uː.plɪ.ˌkeɪt/
  • (file)

Adjective edit

duplicate (not comparable)

  1. Being the same as another; identical, often having been copied from an original.
    This is a duplicate entry.
  2. (games) In which the hands of cards, tiles, etc. are preserved between rounds to be played again by other players.
    duplicate whist
    duplicate Scrabble

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Verb edit

duplicate (third-person singular simple present duplicates, present participle duplicating, simple past and past participle duplicated)

  1. (transitive) To make a copy of.
    If we duplicate the information, are we really accomplishing much?
    Can you duplicate this kind of key?
  2. (transitive) To do repeatedly; to do again.
    You don't need to duplicate my efforts.
  3. (transitive) To produce something equal to.
    He found it hard to duplicate the skills of his wife.

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Noun edit

duplicate (countable and uncountable, plural duplicates)

  1. One that resembles or corresponds to another; an identical copy.
    This is a duplicate, but a very good replica.
    • July 20, 1678, William Temple, letter to the Lord Treasurer
      I send a duplicate both of it and my last dispatch.
  2. (law) An original instrument repeated; a document which is the same as another in all essential particulars, and differing from a mere copy in having all the validity of an original[1]
  3. A pawnbroker's ticket, which must be shown when redeeming a pledged item.
    • 1819, James Hardy Vaux, Memoirs of James Hardy Vaux, Vol. II, Chapter VI, p. 207:
      "Sir, I hope you will excuse what I am going to say; but having observed that you frequently pledge similar goods to these at our shop, which are afterwards taken out by other persons, I take for granted you are in the habit of selling the duplicates; []"
  4. (uncountable) The game of duplicate bridge.
    • 1999, Matthew Granovetter, Murder at the Bridge Table, page 6:
      The momentary madness which infects bridge players occurs frequently at rubber bridge and duplicate; and though it rarely results in murder, it often terminates marriages and close friendships []
  5. (uncountable) The game of duplicate Scrabble.
  6. (botany, zoology) A biological specimen that was gathered alongside another specimen and represents the same species.
    • 2013, Aljos Farjon, Denis Filer, An Atlas of the World's Conifers: An Analysis of their Distribution, Biogeography, Diversity and Conservation Status, Koninklijke Brill, →ISBN, page 3:
      Each collection, which may be a unicate or several specimens as duplicates in several herbaria, constitutes a record in the Conifer Database.

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  1. ^ Alexander M[ansfield] Burrill (1850–1851), “DUPLICATE”, in A New Law Dictionary and Glossary: [], volume (please specify |part= or |volume=I or II), New York, N.Y.: John S. Voorhies, [], →OCLC.

Italian edit

Etymology 1 edit

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  1. inflection of duplicare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative

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Participle edit

duplicate f pl

  1. feminine plural of duplicato

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  1. second-person plural present active imperative of duplicō

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  1. second-person singular voseo imperative of duplicar combined with te