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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

The prints have an approximate image size of 7-½″ x 10-½″, are printed on heavy white archival paper, and come in a matte-black wood-composite frame with an off-white acid-free archival mat. James Ferguson, The Reader's Catalog, "Illustrations," 17 June 2019 Posters are the egalitarian cousin of the fine art print—anyone can buy one. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Don’t have $500 to spend on art? Try a fine art poster," 14 June 2019 Copies of the Christian Dior Daily newspaper, which was made just for the collection, are hard to come by, but the skirts, dresses, and accessories featuring the print remain highly relevant. Vogue, "Kim Kardashian West’s Latest Look Is Hot Off the Press (Really)," 12 June 2019 Teen Vogue’s print edition folded in late 2017 and Welteroth resigned soon after. Washington Post, "Race, power, drive: Elaine Welteroth shares all in new book," 11 June 2019 Kommersant, Vedomosti, and RBK, all of which are generally loyal to the authorities—announced that their print editions would run with the same front page on Monday. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "The Arrest of a Russian Investigative Journalist Prompts Outrage and Solidarity," 10 June 2019 The palm print on the pipe was matched to the suspect. Chris Boyette, CNN, "Rape charges filed against the uncle of a 5-year-old girl who vanished in Utah," 6 June 2019 The most pointed of the prints show the rings of a tree, each signifying some historic event dating as far back as the construction of the Great Wall of China, the destruction of Pompeii, the extinction of the dodo. Susan Dunne,, "Insects swarm over Flo-Gris as part of ’Fragile Earth’ exhibit," 6 June 2019 If the hottest trends like tulle, animal prints, organza, and neon are any indication, fashion is anything but subtle right now. Dominique Hobdy, Essence, "Go For The Bold With Head-Turning Statement Jewelry," 5 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Globe readers get 12 weeks of complete digital access, plus two issues of Milk Street print magazine, for just $1. Christopher Kimball,, "Recipes: The secret to a perfect burger," 18 June 2019 That fee includes student activities, technology, wellness, printing allowance, parking, drop/add and transcript fees, according to Bellarmine's website. Sarah Ladd And Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "Bellarmine's Division I jump won't be funded 'on the back of students,' president says," 18 June 2019 The public responded by buying up practically all the copies printed and writing thousands of letters to demand that The New York Review continue publication. The New York Review of Books, "About the Review," 17 June 2019 Try your hand at cotton block printing with local artisans who have revitalized this disappearing art. National Geographic, "India High School Expedition," 17 June 2019 Acquiring a theme park pass often requires the purchaser to agree to an extremely complex and finely printed contract, outlining anything and everything related to your transaction. Steven P. Dinkin, San Diego Union-Tribune, "The not-so-amusing amusement park," 16 June 2019 But many people in Europe thought such bond buying would violate a prohibition against the European Central Bank’s printing of money to finance governments, a practice that can cause runaway inflation if abused. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Mario Draghi Saved the Euro. Will His Successor Be Equally Committed?," 16 June 2019 Floral silk boxer shorts stuck out of trouser waistbands, clashing with tropical tiger printed light silk shirts or kimonos that fluttered luxuriously at the slightest breeze. Washington Post, "Sunnei to Palm Angels, streetwear in fashion focus in Milan," 16 June 2019 People began printing the logo on pins, T-shirts and trash cans. Brooke Mazurek, Billboard, "Why Justin Bieber, J Balvin & More Are Obsessed With Smiley Faces in Fashion," 14 June 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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