duplicate du‧pli‧cate 2 [ˈdjuːplkeɪt ǁ ˈdu-] verb [transitive]
to repeat, perhaps unnecessarily, something that has already been done:

• Duplicating research is costly and time-consuming.

• The report merely duplicates earlier findings.

— duplication noun [uncountable] :

• We need to eliminate such wasteful duplication of effort.

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duplication UK US /ˌdjuːplɪˈkeɪʃən/ noun [U]
the practice of doing the same thing more than once, or having more than one person or thing to do the same task, when this is not necessary: »

As a result of the merger, there could be duplication among the two companies' administrative staffs.


There was enormous duplication of effort with each area having its own personnel team.


duplication of functions/roles/services


avoid/eliminate/reduce duplication

the practice of making an exact copy of something, especially when this is illegal: »

The defendants never denied the illegal duplication, but claimed they had tried to obtain copyrights.

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • duplication — [ dyplikasjɔ̃ ] n. f. • XIIIe; lat. duplicatio → double 1 ♦ Vx ou didact. Opération par laquelle on double (une quantité, un volume). Duplication du cube : construction d un cube double d un autre. 2 ♦ Biol. Action de doubler (intr.). Duplication …   Encyclopédie Universelle

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  • duplication — du pli*ca tion, n. [L. duplicatio: cf. F. duplication.] 1. The act of duplicating, or the state of being duplicated; a doubling; a folding over; a fold. [1913 Webster] 2. (Biol.) The act or process of dividing by natural growth or spontaneous… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • duplication — du·pli·ca·tion /ˌdü pli kā shən, ˌdyü / n: the act, process, or result of duplicating Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. duplication …   Law dictionary

  • duplication — DUPLICATION. s. fém. Terme de Géométrie. Il n est guère d usage que dans cette phrase, La duplication du cube, pour signifier Le problème par lequel on demande de trouver un cube double d un autre …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • duplication — duplication. См. дупликация. (Источник: «Англо русский толковый словарь генетических терминов». Арефьев В.А., Лисовенко Л.А., Москва: Изд во ВНИРО, 1995 г.) …   Молекулярная биология и генетика. Толковый словарь.

  • Duplication de l'A.D.N. — ● Duplication de l A.D.N. division d une molécule d acide désoxyribonucléique en deux molécules filles identiques …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • duplication — early 15c., doubling, from M.Fr. duplicacion (13c.) and directly from L. duplicationem (nom. duplicatio), noun of action from pp. stem of duplicare (see DUPLICATE (Cf. duplicate)). Meaning repetition is from 1580s …   Etymology dictionary

  • duplication — [do͞o΄pli kā′shən, dyo͞o΄pli kā′shən] n. [ME duplicacioun < L duplicatio] 1. a duplicating or being duplicated 2. a copy; replica duplicative adj …   English World dictionary

  • Duplication — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Sur les autres projets Wikimedia : « Duplication », sur le Wiktionnaire (dictionnaire universel) D une manière générale, Le mot duplication …   Wikipédia en Français

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