print

noun
\ 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
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

print

verb
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

print

adjective

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

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

The Colombian designer is known for her soft silhouettes and bold, graphic floral prints, which suit this English rose perfectly. Roberta Gorin-paracka, Teen Vogue, "Lily Collins Wears Floral Elie Saab Gown at Art of Elysium's "Heaven" Gala," 6 Jan. 2019 Aside from the infamous print shop reunion, few scenes in Outlander are as highly anticipated as the moment Jamie finally meets his daughter Brianna for the first time. Caroline Hallemann, Town & Country, "Outlander's Sophie Skelton Talks About Brianna's Emotional Reunion with Claire and Jamie," 31 Dec. 2018 Opting for the more expensive Beast Box for $166 gets you a couple of extra collectables including an art print, T-shirt, and a small pewter statue of John Romero’s head on a spike. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Doom is getting a 25th anniversary mod from the game’s co-creator," 11 Dec. 2018 Walking through the Margiela exhibit in Paris earlier this year, past the oversize suiting and deconstructed denim, all the collaged floral prints and long silk wrap skirts from his Spring 1992 collection caught my eye. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "Tom Ford’s Gucci and 1980s BodyMap: These Are the 16 Collections We’d Like to See Reissued Now," 27 Dec. 2018 The cotton fabric is quilted in channels, giving it the striped look with varying textures and prints. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Quilt Sets for a Cozy Night's Sleep, According to Textile Experts," 20 Dec. 2018 Unreported sponcon is a continuing problem in beauty as more and more brands divert marketing dollars away from print and digital advertising to influencers. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The biggest beauty trend in 2018? Makeup brands behaving badly," 18 Dec. 2018 Etalon Group The watery print stretches from facade to facade, like a wave rippling in crests. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Behold, Hokusai’s famous wave print stretching across six buildings," 18 Dec. 2018 The first stop on a national tour, the exhibit will cover around 50 paintings, watercolors, prints, and drawings collected in one place for the first time. Don't expect flowers and Southwestern motifs. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Dallas in November 2018," 12 Nov. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The ferry worker provided his name for verification, but asked that it not be printed. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "‘Bucolic’ Whidbey Island surprised at skinhead headlines — and recent Lynnwood assault," 31 Dec. 2018 The Prince of Wales, in a pinstripe suit and printed tie, looks delighted to bond with this youngest grandson. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "An Adorable New Photo of Baby Prince Louis Has Surfaced, with Kate Middleton and Prince Charles," 9 Nov. 2018 Below the printing area, two neat pop-out drawers hold spools of printing plastic. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "MakerBot’s new 3D printer shows how much it’s changed in nine years," 11 Dec. 2018 In addition, ceramicist Brooke T. Winfrey made a collection of coffee mugs, and live screen-printing company Hit + Run made Blueprint totes. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Behr Just Announced Its 2019 Color Of The Year, And You're Going To Love It," 23 Aug. 2018 District officials said agencies that add measures to the ballot must pay for printing expenses in the voter guides and are required to contribute to the overall cost to conduct the election. Lauryn Schroeder, sandiegouniontribune.com, "S.D. school district board sends $3.5 billion bond to November ballot," 10 July 2018 Campbell said printing costs will rise $20,000 this year because of the tariffs. Jackie Spinner, chicagotribune.com, "Trump's trade war threatens the U.S. newspaper industry: 'This is insane'," 25 June 2018 In less than a decade, Abloh has gone from screen-printing $40 Ralph Lauren flannel shirts and flipping them for profit to competing with Ralph Lauren on a global fashion stage. Emilia Petrarca, The Cut, "Hugging Is the Coolest Thing You Can Do Right Now," 21 June 2018 Also provides a place for people to learn the craft via photographer meet and greets, portfolio reviews and printing demonstrations. Sarah Espedido, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Central Florida business owners share challenges and lessons learned," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of print

Noun

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

Verb

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

Adjective

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for print

Noun

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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print

verb

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.

print

adjective

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

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

print

noun
\ ˈprint \

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

print

verb
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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