print

1 of 3

noun

1
a
: a mark made by pressure : impression
b
: something impressed with a print or formed in a mold
2
a
: printed state or form
b
: the printing industry
3
b
prints plural : printed publications
4
: printed letters : type
5
a(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

print

2 of 3

verb

printed; printing; prints

transitive verb

1
a
: to impress something in or on
b
: to stamp (something, such as a mark) in or on something
2
a
: 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

1
a
: 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

3 of 3

adjective

: of, relating to, or writing for printed publications
print journalists
Phrases
in print
: procurable from the publisher
out of print
: not procurable from the publisher

Example Sentences

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
The newspaper industry has struggled for years with such challenges, as advertising shifts from print to digital, and readers abandon local newspapers for online sources of information and entertainment. Alexandra Olson, Anchorage Daily News, 6 June 2023 Like many other publishers of local news, Gannett has struggled with declining revenue from advertising and print circulation. Katie Robertson, BostonGlobe.com, 5 June 2023 Foley put on a tie with a colorful cartoon print — he is known for his fun neckwear — and invited the children up to the bench to bang the gavel. Sophie Carson, Journal Sentinel, 2 June 2023 Of course, in proper Tenacious D fashion, the accompanying visual features Black and Gass scampering across the beach in a tiger print onesie and white underwear, respectively. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 2 June 2023 Barbie Debuts First Doll with Down Syndrome to 'Counter Social Stigma Through Play' And last but not least, Robbie's Barbie wears a baby blue plaid ensemble with a sunhat, fluffy skirt, cropped jacket and blouse all in exact-matching print. Zizi Strater, Peoplemag, 2 June 2023 Gannett’s share price has fallen dramatically in recent years as print revenue has declined and the advertising market has weakened. Oliver Darcy, CNN, 1 June 2023 So, if the cost of streaming rises further, strong print book sales may become more common as consumers switch to a cheaper form of entertainment. Prarthana Prakash, Fortune, 1 June 2023 There are no other institutional loans besides a few prints brought over the river from MoMA. Jason Farago, New York Times, 1 June 2023
Verb
The thesis was later published as an award-winning book and was also printed in Variety. Sophia Scorziello, Variety, 5 June 2023 The decision leaves the district with the only option of using the current textbook, which is no longer being printed. Saumya Gupta, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2023 As part of recognizing #WorldNoTobaccoDay, Canada became the first in the world to require health warnings printed directly on individual cigarettes. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 1 June 2023 Or put it toward paying for appropriate interview clothes or getting your resume printed professionally. Becca Stanek, The Week, 1 June 2023 Isadore, a skilled compositor and typesetter, opened a printing shop downtown, while Gertrude worked nearby in the corsetry section of Jordan Marsh’s bargain basement. Bob Hohler, BostonGlobe.com, 31 May 2023 The concert title was printed on each one: Serenata a Mi Querido Uvalde. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 29 May 2023 Others had been printed with the face of actor James Cromwell, who plays Logan’s brother, Ewan Roy. Kaetlyn Liddy, NBC News, 28 May 2023 In years past, news outlets printed and aired various stories about this source of frustration. Tony Holt, Arkansas Online, 27 May 2023
Adjective
In new research reported in a Feb. 1 paper published on the arXiv pre-print server, the team used data from NASA's inoperative Kepler spacecraft, its secondary mission K2 and the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) to identify K2-415b. Julia Musto, Fox News, 15 Feb. 2023 Working in the metaverse for an extended period of time can lead to higher anxiety, a perception of higher workloads, and even adverse physical effects for some employees, tech outlet New Scientist reported, citing a recent study published on pre-print database arXiv on June 8. Tristan Bove, Fortune, 21 June 2022 Experts got partial answers from a pre-print publication posted online in August by a separate research team. Riley Black, Discover Magazine, 11 Dec. 2020 Many who are hospitalized could become long haulers, study suggests About three-quarters of people hospitalized could become long haulers, according to a paper uploaded to the pre-print server medRxiv on August 14 without having yet been vetted by outside experts or accepted for publication. Steve Almasy, CNN, 6 Oct. 2020 The results were published online on arXiv, the pre-print server. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 17 Feb. 2023 In March, researchers at the UK's Office of National Statistics posted a study on a pre-print server that was extremely similar. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 11 Oct. 2022 This revelation comes from a study posted to the pre-print server bioRxiv earlier this month. Marisa Sloan, Discover Magazine, 22 Nov. 2021 The most common are neurological, such as brain-fog and headache, according to a pre-print study by King's College London. Luke Taylor, Discover Magazine, 29 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle English prente, from Anglo-French, from preint, prient, past participle of priendre to press, from Latin premere — more at press

First Known Use

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

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

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Cite this Entry

“Print.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/print. Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition

print

1 of 2 noun
1
a
: a mark made by pressure
b
: something that has been stamped with an impression or formed in a mold
a print of butter
2
a
: printed state or form
put a manuscript into print
b
: printed matter
c
: printed letters
3
: a picture, copy, or design made by printing (as from an engraving or a photographic negative)
4
a
: cloth with a printed pattern
b
: an article of such cloth

print

2 of 2 verb
1
: to put or stamp something in or on
2
a
: to make a copy of by pressing paper against an inked surface (as type or an engraving)
b
: to stamp with a design by pressure
print wallpaper
c
: to publish in printed form
print a newspaper
d
: to write or cause to be written on a surface (as a computer display screen) for viewing
the computer will print the message at the top of the screen
e
3
: to write in separate letters like those made by a typewriter
4
: to make a picture from a photographic negative

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