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Definition of print

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a mark made by pressure : impression
b : something impressed with a print or formed in a mold
2a : printed state or form
b : the printing industry
b prints plural : printed publications
4 : printed letters : type
5a(1) : a copy made by printing
(2) : a reproduction of an original work of art (such as a painting) made by a photomechanical process
(3) : an original work of art (such as a woodcut, etching, or lithograph) intended for graphic reproduction and produced by or under the supervision of the artist who designed it
b : cloth with a pattern or figured design applied by printing also : an article of such cloth
c : a photographic or motion-picture copy especially : one made from a negative
in print
: procurable from the publisher
out of print
: not procurable from the publisher


printed; printing; prints

Definition of print (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : to impress something in or on
b : to stamp (something, such as a mark) in or on something
2a : to make a copy of by impressing paper against an inked printing surface
b(1) : to impress (something, such as wallpaper) with a design or pattern
(2) : to impress (a pattern or design) on something
c : to publish in print
d : print out also : to display on a surface (such as a computer screen) for viewing
3 : to write in letters shaped like those of ordinary roman text type
4 : to make (a positive picture) on a sensitized photographic surface from a negative or a positive

intransitive verb

1a : to work as a printer
b : to produce printed matter
2 : to produce something in printed form
3 : to write or hand-letter in imitation of unjoined printed characters



Definition of print (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or writing for printed publications print journalists

Synonyms for print

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of print in a Sentence

Noun What is the print size of your book? an exhibit of 16th-century German prints Verb We printed 50 invitations before we ran out of ink. The new machine prints 30 pages per minute. Your tickets are being printed now. a slogan printed on a bumper sticker Your tickets are printing now. This printer allows you to print on both sides of a sheet of paper. They printed 10,000 copies of the book's new edition. I'm surprised they printed that cartoon in the paper. Her picture was printed in a magazine last month.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This month is Data, online starting Dec. 2 and in print Dec. 9. Ron Winslow, WSJ, 3 Dec. 2021 Winners will be announced online and in print on Dec. 17. Patrick Connolly,, 29 Nov. 2021 The South Florida Sun Sentinel published the story online on Nov. 17 and in print Nov. 19. Terry Spencer,, 24 Nov. 2021 The editor reserves the right to select which essays appear in print. Ann Norman, cleveland, 23 Nov. 2021 Lisa Rinna is dissolving into a leopard print sleeping bag masquerading as a parka to escape the law. Bethy Squires, Vulture, 13 Aug. 2021 No longer in print but will be reissued electronically in early 2022 and as part of a new volume, Hear Here: Selected Poems (LuLu). Glenn R. Mclaughlin, Scientific American, 19 Nov. 2021 Antisemitic messages are also rife in nationalist fringe press both online and in print, and historical interpretations of the Holocaust that downplay the role of Romania have been touted by local historians and university professors. Marcel Gascón Barberá,, 17 Nov. 2021 Has a book ever come into the world when at least four other books were already in print attacking it? New York Times, 15 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Have your teens take pictures during the party and then email the best photos after the party or print them out. Washington Post, 2 Dec. 2021 Create your own and print it off, or download a digital menu template from Etsy or other online retailer. Sarah Lemire, Better Homes & Gardens, 12 Nov. 2021 As the world comes to term with beating a global pandemic, the economic and social impact are becoming apparent – governments cannot endlessly print money and fix all of society’s problems and this evident in the government debt market. Lawrence Wintermeyer, Forbes, 11 Nov. 2021 Our newspapers print lies about the regime’s popularity, our nation’s history and antigovernment protests. Hossein Ronaghi, WSJ, 12 Oct. 2021 What the heck, print some T-shirts for the bookstore or something. Joseph Goodman |, al, 10 Oct. 2021 Thanks to changes in the law, patients now can print their own certificates, and can get lifelong certifications from a doctor, for a $50 fee every three years. Robert Mccoppin,, 5 Oct. 2021 Due to a technicality in the law, the Treasury Department can print a platinum coin and assign a huge value to it -- say, $1 trillion -- and sell it to the Federal Reserve Board. Richard Galant, CNN, 3 Oct. 2021 Machines can print textiles, cut fabric, and fold clothes. Harris Quinn, Wired, 27 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The pre-print study from South Africa has found that greater than 90 percent of tuberculosis bacteria released from an infected person may be carried in aerosols that are expelled when a person breathes out. William A. Haseltine, Forbes, 28 Oct. 2021 That's partly based on results of a small, pre-print study (not yet peer reviewed) on mix-and-match booster vaccination. Karen Pallarito,, 21 Oct. 2021 No documentary will yield more information than a comprehensive magazine story on the same topic, groused a pro-print friend to me once. Washington Post, 7 Oct. 2021 The data from the Israeli Ministry of Health, posted last month on a pre-print server, looks at more than a million Israelis over the age of 60 who received a booster between July 30 and August 22. Elizabeth Cohen, CNN, 10 Sep. 2021 The study, led by UCSF virologist Dr. Charles Chiu, was posted on a pre-print server Wednesday and has not been peer-reviewed. Dominic Fracassa, Catherine Ho, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 Aug. 2021 The data at the time -- which are now updated in the new pre-print paper -- were submitted to the US Food and Drug Administration to authorize the vaccine. Jen Christensen, CNN, 9 Aug. 2021 The latest one garnering attention is the C.1.2 variant, following the release last week of a pre-print study – not yet peer-reviewed – that highlighted mutations seen in other variants of concern. Adrianna Rodriguez, USA TODAY, 31 Aug. 2021 Pre-print studies suggest that the Lambda variant may be able to neutralize antibodies in both vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 14 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of print


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a


1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for print


Middle English prente, from Anglo-French, from preint, prient, past participle of priendre to press, from Latin premere — more at press

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English Language Learners Definition of print

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: the process of making a book, magazine, newspaper, etc.
: the letters, numbers, or symbols used in printing something : type
: a photograph that is printed on paper



English Language Learners Definition of print (Entry 2 of 3)

: to cause (words, images, etc.) to appear on paper or cloth by using a machine (called a printer)
: to use a machine (called a printing press) to produce (books, newspapers, magazines, etc.)
: to include (something) in a book, newspaper, magazine, etc. : publish



English Language Learners Definition of print (Entry 3 of 3)

: of, relating to, or writing for books, magazines, newspapers, etc.


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Kids Definition of print

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a mark made on the surface of something They left prints on the window.
2 : footprint
3 : printed matter "People believe almost anything they see in print."— E. B. White, Charlotte's Web
4 : printed letters The package has a warning in small print.
5 : a picture, copy, or design taken from an engraving or photographic negative
6 : cloth upon which a design is stamped a cotton print


printed; printing

Kids Definition of print (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to write in separate letters Print your name clearly.
2 : publish sense 1 Does the college print a newspaper?
3 : to make a copy of by pressing paper against an inked surface (as type or an engraving)
4 : to make a picture from a photographic negative
print out
: to produce a paper copy of from a computer

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