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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

Bring on the feathers, the rhinestones, the prints, and the tackiness. Gabi Thorne, Allure, "Hailey Baldwin Wore a Pink Thong (Thong, Th-Thong, Thong Thong) to the 2019 Met Gala," 7 May 2019 It's also packed with color, prints, and patterns sure to liven up any space. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "Drew Barrymore Just Launched Her First Ever Home Line at Walmart, and It's Full of Joy," 28 Mar. 2019 Elsewhere, a shocking-pink Astroturf lines the floor of a room debuting Jungle, a line of indoor-outdoor seating covered in an allover pink-and-green palm print. Parker Bowie Larson, ELLE Decor, "The New Versace Home Collection Is the Fantasy of Our Candy-Colored, Neon-Tinged Dreams," 9 Apr. 2019 Leslie, who now stars in The Good Fight, stunned in a fiery red Oscar de la Renta asymmetrical gown with leaf prints and sheer cut-outs while Harington went for a classic all-black look with a turtleneck and suit. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kit Harington and Rose Leslie Were So Cute at the Game of Thrones Season 8 Premiere," 4 Apr. 2019 News Popular youth culture magazine The Face is set to re-launch digitally in April, followed by a quarterly print magazine launch in August. Scarlett Newman, Teen Vogue, "The Youth Culture Magazine That Put Naomi Campbell and Missy Elliot on the Cover Is Relaunching," 1 Apr. 2019 The stars rocked many summery looks throughout the trip, but Onia seemed to be the brand of choice, with Turner rocking the Danielle one-piece that Kylie Jenner famously wore in a cowhide print design. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Just Went to Her First Ever Jonas Brothers Concert," 31 Mar. 2019 Warhol, of course, raised the humble soup can to icon status with his 1951-1962 screen print series 32 Campbell's Soup Cans. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Leanne Ford's Genius $5 Trick to Liven Up an All-White Kitchen," 25 Mar. 2019 Apple News+ will pull some 300 hundred magazines into the Apple News, with their print articles reworked to make use of the more versatile digital form. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "How Many Subscriptions Can You Handle?," 25 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

For the event, Charlotte paired her shoes with a pink and white printed dress while showing off her gymnastic skills in the grass. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte Wore the Same Shoes as Prince George for Her Birthday Portrait," 2 May 2019 Most of the members chose classic black suits with subtle variations—there was a subtle checker print on J-Hope’s blazer, for instance—while others took bigger risks: V went full-on printed, while Suga did a polka-dot blazer and extra-long sleeves. Vogue, "BTS Hits the Billboard Awards Red Carpet—And They’ve Never Looked Better," 1 May 2019 Eugenie opted to rewear a high-necked, printed Erdem dress for the occasion. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "For a Joint Appearance with Queen Elizabeth, Princess Eugenie Rewears a Floral Erdem Dress," 18 Apr. 2019 Brb, printing off Demi’s makeover and taking it to my hair stylist as soon as possible. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Demi Lovato Cut Her Hair Off For Spring and it's Perfect Short Bob Inspiration," 12 Apr. 2019 Tiny homes like these can be bought, built, and even 3D printed, but this rare Western Pacific Airstream still has a classic feel with a completely unique design and story. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Rare Airstream Trailer Was Transformed Into the Cutest Tiny Home," 28 Mar. 2019 Microsoft envisions that the resulting stream of images could be shared on social media or printed. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft uses AI to bring the Met's art collection to the web—and your Instagram," 4 Feb. 2019 But Ross didn’t approve the question until long after the forms for that exercise had been printed up. Jeffrey Mervis, Science | AAAS, "More money, more worries: 2020 census plans continue to generate controversy," 15 May 2018 If new forms of media (like TV and the internet) inevitably come under official or corporate control, that must be true of all forms of media, including writing and printing themselves. Steven Poole, WSJ, "‘Team Human’ Review: Users of the World, Unite!," 25 Jan. 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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