\ ˈprint How to pronounce print (audio) \

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

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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 In recent years, letters have been published only in our Sunday print edition. David D. Haynes, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Opinion: Many letter writers are upset with the Wisconsin Legislature's inaction on coronavirus. Others are upset with the Editorial Board.," 20 Nov. 2020 Youcan subscribe to our print edition, ad-free app or electronic newspaper replica here. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Post online about Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's 2018 win is partly false," 19 Nov. 2020 Subscribers can access the latest news on and also view the e-edition, a replica of the print edition. Staff Report,, "Late newspaper delivery expected Wednesday morning," 18 Nov. 2020 This article appears in the December 2020 print edition. Sarah Zhang, The Atlantic, "The Last Children of Down Syndrome," 18 Nov. 2020 Secrets founder Taylor Carik is even contemplating the launch of a print edition. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, "Who will fill the gap left by City Pages?," 16 Nov. 2020 The Encyclopædia Britannica, first published in 1768 and for centuries the gold standard of the genre, had sixty-five thousand articles in its last print edition. Louis Menand, The New Yorker, "Wikipedia, “Jeopardy!,” and the Fate of the Fact," 16 Nov. 2020 That intimacy is really difficult to capture in print. Greg Fitzgerald, The Christian Science Monitor, "Rethinking perspectives on American criminal justice," 16 Nov. 2020 The James Comey Election Appeared in the November 14, 2020, print edition. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "Last Chance for the 2016 Truth?," 13 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Because the Jefferson County Clerk's Office had to print ballots for the election in September, the tax question did appear on the back of each ballot. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "'No JCPS Tax Hike' group files notice of appeal to court ruling that struck down petition," 16 Nov. 2020 In an interview with Ars, the company's chief executive, Tim Ellis, attributed the Aeon 1 engine's success to his team of engineers and technicians, software prediction models, and the ability to iterate quickly and print new 3D parts as needed. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "Rocket Report: SpaceX set for second crew launch, Chinese firm reaches orbit," 13 Nov. 2020 This twin can be used variously to 3-D-print the object, design new versions of it, provide virtual training on it or join it with other digital objects to create virtual worlds. Corinna E. Lathan, Scientific American, "Spatial Computing Could Be the Next Big Thing," 10 Nov. 2020 The Tribune will be producing a weekly edition, while the Deseret News will print a weekly edition and a national monthly magazine. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Hear about this week’s top Utah stories on Behind the Headlines," 29 Oct. 2020 Officials say the problem has been resolved, although nine counties decided to print the ballots in-house instead. Andrew J. Tobias, cleveland, "Ohioans have cast more than 1.1 million ballots with two weeks to go until the presidential election," 20 Oct. 2020 Another former employee said Alarik sometimes set aside his CEO duties and helped print T-shirts or fill orders. Brandon Lingle,, "A Grunt Style Reckoning: A look inside San Antonio apparel maker’s rowdy past, near-death experience and current leadership battle," 8 Oct. 2020 Gold is a pretty safe bet as long as lawmakers and central bankers are giving the go-ahead to print money and raise debt to bail out the global economy. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "As gold strikes a record high, analysts think the rally has only just begun," 6 Aug. 2020 To make spiders and webs, draw or print a spiderweb template and stick to your work surface. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Spiderweb Cake," 30 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective They findings will be published in The Astrophysical Journal and is currently available on the pre-print server Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "For the First Time Ever, Scientists Witnessed the Birth of a Supermassive Magnetar After Two Stars Collided," 13 Nov. 2020 In the rush to latch on to any hopeful evidence, some news outlets then blew hydroxychloroquine’s potential promise out of proportion, like by not giving proper context when discussing a pre-print study. Colleen De Bellefonds, SELF, "Why the Hydroxychloroquine Myth Persists," 29 Oct. 2020 Two other small pre-print studies from China showed similar results. Jen Christensen, CNN, "Researchers hope this old-fashioned treatment will work for coronavirus," 17 Aug. 2020 Press releases, pre-print papers and published papers all serve different purposes, and carry different weight for both scientists and journalists. Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN, "Science by press release: When the story gets ahead of the science," 27 June 2020 And scientists from the University of Nevada at Reno and the Nevada State Public Health Laboratory reported on August 28 in a pre-print study that a 25-year-old man had tested positive with two distinctly different coronavirus infections. Ryan Prior, CNN, "This survivor may have had Covid-19 twice," 5 Oct. 2020 The research, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, has been published on the pre-print arXiv server. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Meteors that brushed Earth's atmosphere may have brought life to Venus, study says," 27 Sep. 2020 The pre-print study has not yet been peer-reviewed by a journal, but the researchers noted that the findings suggest humans can catch Covid-19 multiple times. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "Doctors find possible case of Covid-19 reinfection in US," 28 Aug. 2020 Companies generally pre-print winning merchandise for both teams in order to capitalize on the euphoria the morning after the big win. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Waiting for a 'Sept. 5, 2020' 146th Kentucky Derby glass? Keep waiting. It's not happening," 2 May 2020

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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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The first known use of print was in the 14th century

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22 Nov 2020

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“Print.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce print (audio)

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
: 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.



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.
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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