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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

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Synonyms for print

Synonyms: Noun

impress, impression, imprint, stamp

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

No prints are ever made of his work, so each piece is always hand-painted, remaining unique and original forever., "Community News For The West Hartford Edition," 16 Sep. 2019 The 74-year-old acting legend was a surprise guest at Victoria Beckham’s Spring 2020 collection, arriving at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office looking divine in the designer’s python print separates. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Helen Mirren Is Having the Best Time at London Fashion Week," 16 Sep. 2019 Dan Balz's analysis piece, here was the print headline right after. NBC News, "Meet the Press - September 15, 2019," 15 Sep. 2019 It's perfectly juxtaposed with a moment from the film where young Simba steps into his father's paw print. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "Blue Ivy Steals the Show in Beyoncé’s New ‘Spirit’ Music Video," 17 July 2019 Her humorous tribute was published — online and in print — last week in The Hartford Courant and immediately caught digital fire. Corey Kilgannon, New York Times, "The Best Obituary Ever, and the Wacky Funeral That Followed," 15 Sep. 2019 Publishers throughout California say that newspapers will be forced to reduce delivery routes or drop their print editions altogether. Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards, The Mercury News, "Editorial: Pass California bill preserving newspapers’ future," 12 Sep. 2019 Brett has more than 40 million copies of her books in print and also raises ornamental fowl. Carole Goldberg,, "Write Stuff: Author Jan Brett talks and draws in Mystic to launch new children’s book, ‘Tiger Slippers’," 11 Sep. 2019 Rothschild and Howard have written columns for the Carroll County Times voicing their displeasure, with Howard’s column appearing in Wednesday’s print edition. Jon Kelvey,, "Judge signs Carroll County prayer settlement, bringing lawsuit to a close," 10 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Last year, they were printed on glossy paper with easily legible print. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Analysis: KAABOO takes final Del Mar bow: Was the festival rushing too fast to its new home at Petco Park?," 17 Sep. 2019 Catching up with new rules The NHL’s freshly printed rulebook states that regulation wins, rather than regulation and overtime wins, are now the first tiebreaker for a standings deadlock., "(Debee Tlumacki for The Boston Globe)," 15 Sep. 2019 Shortly after the referendum in 2016 the bank cut the base rate of interest and launched a round of quantitative easing (printing money to buy bonds). The Economist, "What would happen to interest rates after a no-deal Brexit?," 14 Sep. 2019 For instance, some garments were printed with messages about censorship taken directly from internet search engines in China, where results are often censored. Kristen Bateman, Teen Vogue, "Refuse Club Is the Chinese Designer Duo Using Social Media to Make Statements About Censorship and #MeToo," 13 Sep. 2019 Making the story all the more touching, the university has printed over 50,000 shirts that feature the child’s design and have been pre-sold by the campus’ store — VolShop. Robyn Merrett,, "Boy Bullied Over His Homemade University of Tennessee T-Shirt Gets Scholarship to School," 12 Sep. 2019 Nonetheless, Republic articles on the case did not print the family's names. John D'anna, Arizona Republic, "A judge ruled The Republic had violated a court order in a controversial DCS case. Now, he has reversed that ruling," 12 Sep. 2019 Our meal plan goes on a handy dry erase board on our fridge, printed with each day of the week, and in my paper planner. Alison Sherwood, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meal plan fail? Maybe you just need a method to match your personality," 11 Sep. 2019 So much of it is printed canvas, drop-shipped from China. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "This New Company Wants to be the Ikea of Art," 5 Sep. 2019

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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
: 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.
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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