\ˈprint \

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

c : fingerprint

2a : printed state or form

b : the printing industry

3a : printed matter

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

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Synonyms for print

Synonyms: Noun

photo, photograph, pic, shot, snap, snapshot

Synonyms: Verb

get out, issue, publish, put out

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Examples of print in a Sentence


What is the print size of your book? an exhibit of 16th-century German prints


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

Seven works were auctioned in May 2012, fetching a total of $6,150, with a Rauschenberg print achieving the highest price of the bunch: $1,700. Daniel Miller,, "Five Picassos went missing from the L.A. Times. What happened to them?," 12 July 2018 Anyone who buys their first Kindle book will also get a $10 credit towards eBooks, print books, and Audible valid only on Prime Day. Ian Paul, PCWorld, "Amazon Prime Day Deals start now: Save on Echo Show, movies, Twitch, and more," 3 July 2018 The garment, officially known as the Aloha shirt — the casual, short-sleeve, button-down, straight-hem shirt with a typically big, bold floral print — has been enjoying a renaissance in recent years. James Sullivan,, "Aloha to your father’s Hawaiian shirts," 28 June 2018 The exhibition ends with inkjet prints from three of Smith’s books, made between 2013 and 2015, showing portraits of Smith from two books and images of Frida Kahlo from a third. Edith Newhall,, "Art to see now: Keith Smith at PMA and minimalists at Larry Becker," 13 June 2018 However, in a sign that the magazine industry will continue to struggle to remain relevant in the modern media era, the publication was ready for print all the way back on May 14 – two full weeks before the show was axed. Brian Flood, Fox News, "Awkwardness at ABC after exec lavished praise on 'Roseanne' in magazine printed before show was canceled," 7 June 2018 The lions are holding court now, and this kingdom is defined by bold lipstick, big hair, and lots of animal print. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What Your Sign's July 2018 Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 June 2018 The pool of print, television and radio journalists closely following the day's developments on Sentosa Island attempted to question Kim as well. Jim Acosta, CNN, "Close encounters of the third Kim: Witnessing the historic Trump-Kim summit," 12 June 2018 Their latest collection for Fall is equal parts chic caftans, flirty animal-print dresses, and lavender suede trousers that somehow feel like closet basics—but so much more. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, "4 Chic Fashion Brands Doing Things Right, Right Now," 2 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The purchases pumped newly printed money into the economy in an effort to raise inflation toward the bank’s goal of just below 2 percent. Washington Post, "Trade war fears a clear concern of European bank officials," 12 July 2018 The other 85 percent of the tickets printed in Ypsilanti go to lotteries around the world. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Is Ypsilanti home to the luckiest lottery ticket plant in the world?," 6 July 2018 Initially printed in 1737 in the Pennsylvania Gazette, its publication made Franklin one of America’s first food and drink writers. Amanda Cargill, Smithsonian, "What Did the Founding Fathers Eat and Drink as They Started a Revolution?," 3 July 2018 The superstar’s last name and number 34 are printed in large block letters. Malika Andrews,, "A city divided: Bucks see new arena as downtown melting pot," 28 June 2018 Some of the answers printed in the magazine clearly reflected bias. Leonard L. Glass, STAT, "The Goldwater rule is broken. Here’s how to fix it," 28 June 2018 Economic growth and investor confidence recovered only after the European Central Bank used its power to print money and flood the eurozone with cash. Niki Kitsantonis, New York Times, "Greece Prepares to Stagger Back From Debt Crisis, the End of Bailouts in Sight," 21 June 2018 Otherwise the Tezos ICO might just look like a license for the Breitmans to print money. Gideon Lewis-kraus, WIRED, "The Blockchain: A Love Story—And a Horror Story," 18 June 2018 The Latin American populists of the 1970s and 1980s printed money to pay for public-spending sprees, only to find (after a brutal crisis) that the constraints were binding, after all. The Economist, "How Turkey fell from investment darling to junk-rated emerging market," 19 May 2018

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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 2)

: 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.



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

: 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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