Move vs Copy - What's the difference?

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As verbs the difference between move and copy

is that move is to change place or posture; to stir; to go, in any manner, from one place or position to another while copy is (label) to produce an object identical to a given object.

As nouns the difference between move and copy

is that move is the act of moving; a movement while copy is the result of copying; an identical duplicate of an original.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



Alternative forms

* meve * (l) (obsolete) * (l)


  • To change place or posture; to stir; to go, in any manner, from one place or position to another.
  • A ship moves rapidly.
    I was sitting on the sofa for a long time, I was too lazy to move .
  • * 1839 , Denison Olmsted, A Compendium of Astronomy Page 95
  • Secondly, When a body is once in motion it will continue to move forever, unless something stops it. When a ball is struck on the surface of the earth, the friction of the earth and the resistance of the air soon stop its motion.
  • To act; to take action; to stir; to begin to act; as, to move in a matter.
  • to move in a matter
    Come on guys, let's move : there's work to do!
  • (senseid)To change residence; to remove, as from one house, town, or state, to another; to go and live at another place. See also move out and move in.
  • I decided to move to the country for a more peaceful life.
    They moved closer to work to cut down commuting time.
  • (intransitive, chess, and other games) To change the place of a piece in accordance with the rules of the game.
  • The rook moved from a8 to a6.
    My opponent's counter was moving much quicker round the board than mine.
  • (ergative) To cause to change place or posture in any manner; to set in motion; to carry, convey, draw, or push from one place to another; to impel; to stir.
  • The waves moved the boat up and down.
    The horse moves a carriage.
  • (chess) To transfer (a piece or man) from one space or position to another, according to the rules of the game; as, to move a king.
  • She moved the queen closer to the centre of the board.
  • To excite to action by the presentation of motives; to rouse by representation, persuasion, or appeal; to influence.
  • This song moves me to dance.
  • * Knolles
  • Minds desirous of revenge were not moved with gold.
  • * Dryden
  • No female arts his mind could move .
  • To arouse the feelings or passions of; especially, to excite to tenderness or compassion, to excite, as an emotion.
  • That book really moved me.
  • * Bible, Matthew ix. 36
  • When he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them.
  • To propose; to recommend; specifically, to propose formally for consideration and determination, in a deliberative assembly; to submit, as a resolution to be adopted; as, to move to adjourn.
  • I move to repeal the rule regarding obligatory school uniform.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Let me but move one question to your daughter.
  • * Hayward
  • They are to be blamed alike who move and who decline war upon particular respects.
  • (obsolete) To mention; to raise (a question); to suggest (a course of action); to lodge (a complaint).
  • (obsolete) To incite, urge (someone to do something); to solicit (someone for or of an issue); to make a proposal to.
  • * 1485 , Sir Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur , Book VII:
  • "Sir," seyde Sir Boys, "ye nede nat to meve me of such maters, for well ye wote I woll do what I may to please you."
  • (obsolete) To apply to, as for aid.
  • (Shakespeare)


    * actuate * affect * agitate * impel * incite * incline * induce * influence * instigate * offer * persuade * prompt * propose * rouse * stir * transfer * trouble

    Derived terms

    {{der3, move about , move along , move down , move house , move in , move into , move it , move on , move one's arse/move one's ass/move one's bum/move one's butt , move out , move over , move the deckchairs on the Titanic , move the goalposts , move the needle , move up , movable , movability , movableness , movably , movant , moveless , movelessly , movelessness , movement , movent , mover , movie , moving , movingly , movingness , remove}}


    (en noun)
  • The act of moving; a movement.
  • A slight move of the tiller, and the boat will go off course.
  • An act for the attainment of an object; a step in the execution of a plan or purpose.
  • He made another move towards becoming a naturalized citizen.
  • A formalized or practiced action used in athletics, dance, physical exercise, self-defense, hand-to-hand combat, etc.
  • She always gets spontaneous applause for that one move .
    He can win a match with that one move .
  • The event of changing one's residence.
  • The move into my fiancé's house took two long days.
    They were pleased about their move to the country.
  • A change in strategy.
  • I am worried about our boss's move .
    It was a smart move to bring on a tall striker to play against the smaller defenders.
  • A transfer, a change from one employer to another.
  • * 2013 , Phil McNulty, "[]", BBC Sport , 1 September 2013:
  • Robin van Persie squandered United's best chance late on but otherwise it was a relatively comfortable afternoon for Liverpool's new goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who has yet to concede a Premier League goal since his £9m summer move from Sunderland.
  • (board games) The act of moving a token on a gameboard from one position to another according to the rules of the game.
  • The best move of the game was when he sacrificed his rook in order to gain better possession.
    It's your move ! Roll the dice!
    If you roll a six, you can make two moves .


    * (act of moving) * (moving to another place) removal, relocation

    Derived terms

    * camera move * get a move on * make a move * on the move






  • The result of copying; an identical duplicate of an original.
  • Please bring me the copies of those reports.
  • * Denham
  • I have not the vanity to think my copy equal to the original.
  • An imitation, sometimes of inferior quality.
  • That handbag is a copy . You can tell because the buckle is different.
  • (journalism) The text that is to be typeset.
  • (journalism) A gender-neutral abbreviation for copy boy
  • (marketing) The output of copywriters, who are employed to write material which encourages consumers to buy goods or services.
  • (uncountable) The text of newspaper articles.
  • Submit all copy to the appropriate editor.
  • A school work pad.
  • Tim got in trouble for forgetting his maths copy .
  • A printed edition of a book or magazine.
  • Have you seen the latest copy of "Newsweek" yet?
    The library has several copies of the Bible.
  • Writing paper of a particular size, called also bastard.
  • (obsolete) That which is to be imitated, transcribed, or reproduced; a pattern, model, or example.
  • His virtues are an excellent copy for imitation.
  • * Holder
  • Let him first learn to write, after a copy , all the letters.
  • (obsolete) An abundance or plenty of anything.
  • * Ben Jonson
  • She was blessed with no more copy of wit, but to serve his humour thus.
  • (obsolete) copyhold; tenure; lease
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (genetics) The result of gene or chromosomal duplication.
  • Synonyms

    * carbon copy * duplicate * facsimile * image * likeness * reduplication * replica * replication * reproduction * simulacrum * fake * forgery * phony * sham


    * original

    Derived terms

    * advance copy * backup copy * deep copy * carbon copy * certified copy * clean copy * conformed copy * copy area * copy book * copy boy * copy cat/copycat * copy constructor * copy desk * copydom * copy editor * copy holder * copy key * copy menu * copy number * copy protection * copy room * copy ruler * copy shop * copy test * copy typist * copywriter * courtesy copy * duplicate copy * fair copy * hard copy * image copy * master copy * office copy * photocopy * presentation copy * promotional copy * reading copy * review copy * scaled copy * shallow copy * soft copy * top copy * xerox copy


  • (label) To produce an object identical to a given object.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2014-06-21, volume=411, issue=8892, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= Magician’s brain , passage=[Isaac Newton] was obsessed with alchemy. He spent hours copying alchemical recipes and trying to replicate them in his laboratory. He believed that the Bible contained numerological codes. The truth is that Newton was very much a product of his time.}}
  • To place a copy of an object in memory for later use.
  • (label) To imitate.
  • * (Dugald Stewart) (1753–1828)
  • We copy instinctively the voices of our companions, their accents, and their modes of pronunciation.
  • To receive a transmission successfully.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * copyable * copy and paste * copy down * copy-edit * copy out * deep-copy


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