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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

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 The brand published its last regular print edition in Spring 2020 and has since moved completely online. Glenn Garner,, 24 Jan. 2022 Thanks for picking up the first-ever midweek print edition of The Salt Lake Tribune. Lauren Gustus, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Jan. 2022 For coverage of Saturday's game, check and the Monday print edition of The Enquirer. Keith Jenkins, The Enquirer, 30 Dec. 2021 This poem appears in the January/February 2022 print edition. ​​ada Limón, The Atlantic, 19 Dec. 2021 Not only is the essay quite long, filling 12 pages of the print edition. Damon Linker, The Week, 1 Dec. 2021 Last year, headlines at trade publication Publishers Weekly indicated the surging trend of print book sales had continued. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 31 Dec. 2021 For almost two years, National Review Institute has been supplementing NR’s nourishing print and online presence with online events that kept many of us going through the bleak months of lockdowns. Douglas Murray, National Review, 30 Dec. 2021 Like other print media, each monthly issue of Vogue, once a thick reminder of the reach of advertising, has seemed closer to a pamphlet lately. Christopher Borrelli,, 29 Dec. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Scan a driver’s license, swipe a credit card, and print the registration and decal. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Jan. 2022 Many of the country’s largest insurance companies provide paper forms that customers must print, fill out, and mail along with a receipt and copy of the box’s product code. Kaiser Health News And The Enquirer, The Enquirer, 22 Jan. 2022 Taxpayers can also make a payment online and then print a receipt. Sam Boyer, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2022 Young Perna learned to develop and print his pictures in a home darkroom. Los Angeles Times, 4 Jan. 2022 This provides a stark contrast to fiat currency, which central banks could theoretically print in limitless amounts. Charles Bovaird, Forbes, 10 Dec. 2021 According to Mirassou, that winery is a small producer located very close to the wine growing region’s border and does not print Livermore Valley on its labels. Jess Lander, San Francisco Chronicle, 12 Nov. 2021 Individuals can view and print official vaccine records by signing in online. Stephanie Innes, The Arizona Republic, 2 Nov. 2021 Pete and Rami have terrific chemistry, and a movie starring these two would probably print money. Alexis Pereira, Vulture, 17 Oct. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Another pre-print study from South Africa found that saliva swabs may be better than nasal swabs at detecting Omicron as the variant. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2022 In a pre-print study, researchers at the University of Edinburgh found that people who are infected with Omicron are 66% less likely to be hospitalized than those who contracted the Delta variant of the virus. Korin Miller,, 10 Jan. 2022 The new findings were described in a press release and submitted to pre-print journals. Sony Salzman, ABC News, 30 Dec. 2021 Tulio de Oliveira and colleagues at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa wrote in a pre-print report posted online. Maggie Fox, CNN, 29 June 2021 With pre-print research, scientists haven’t published their study in a journal but have made their research available online because the peer-review process takes time. Colleen De Bellefonds, SELF, 29 Oct. 2020 One pre-print study that was done in Japan last year found the virus was 19 times more likely to spread indoors than outdoors. Jen Christensen, CNN, 1 Dec. 2021 In a pre-print study that has yet to be peer-reviewed, Redd and his colleagues examined whether omicron's mutations effectively changed the snippets of the virus that killer T cells can recognize. NBC News, 8 Dec. 2021 Last week, a group of researchers in South Africa posted a pre-print study finding that the risk of reinfection was 2.4 times higher with Omicron compared to Beta and Delta. Grady Mcgregor, Fortune, 6 Dec. 2021

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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 : type
: 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. : publish



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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