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  • 1Abundant in supply or quantity.

    ‘she took copious notes’
    • ‘A sensible approach was taken to the game and copious quantities of water were supplied to the players in an effort to stop them dehydrating.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the King Cobra, which has a relatively less potent venom, injects a copious quantity in one bite.’
    • ‘It has a year-long mild climate, copious supplies of fresh water, vegetation and trees that contain plenty of good things to eat.’
    • ‘Life is so much easier these days, with supermarkets providing us with copious supplies of fruit and vegetables all year round.’
    • ‘There is a copious supply of comment forms for residents of Bingley to write their thoughts on and a ballot box into which to deposit the forms.’
    • ‘All her pails, rags, and brushes were over there, along with copious supplies of soot.’
    • ‘As a result of his faulty strategy, White now loses copious quantities of material.’
    • ‘Nothing was wasted; the copious quantities of fat produced as a by-product would be sold to the fish and chip trade.’
    • ‘My advice is to go to see this film sooner, rather than later because you may well want to return to see it again armed with a pen and copious amounts of paper.’
    • ‘The weekend and today have been mostly taking it easy drinking copious amounts of tea and sleeping all day today.’
    • ‘He now has 15 diaries filled with copious notes, running into more than 5,000 pages.’
    • ‘Pumpkins need copious amounts of food and water, particularly at the small seedling stage and when flowers and fruits are forming.’
    • ‘But my greatest one is - by far and away - the ability to watch copious amounts of television.’
    • ‘I'm worryingly sober, despite a rather copious amount of alcohol consumed.’
    • ‘The funniest moment happened when I noticed one guest drinking a rather copious amount of someone else's gin.’
    • ‘The copious quantities of salt in this product are unlikely to help matters either.’
    • ‘"I try to take copious notes on song quality, " he adds.’
    • ‘However, like all lawyers, he came to the interview carrying copious notes!’
    • ‘Bound elegantly with copious footnotes, this is a monument to a scholar's lifetime work.’
    • ‘The result is a very long book of just under 500 pages with copious references.’
    abundant, superabundant, plentiful, ample, profuse, full, extensive, considerable, substantial, generous, bumper, lavish, fulsome, liberal, bountiful, overflowing, abounding, teeming
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    1. 1.1 archaic Profuse in speech or ideas.
      ‘I had been a little too copious in talking of my country’
      • ‘Typically courteous, he began his acceptance speech by offering copious thanks to all and sundry.’
      copious, prolific, abundant, ample, extravagant, lavish, liberal, unstinting, fulsome, effusive, gushing, immoderate, unrestrained, excessive, inordinate
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/ˈkōpēəs/ /ˈkoʊpiəs/


Late Middle English from Old French copieux or Latin copiosus, from copia ‘plenty’.